My close friend once told me that I should really work for the California tourism board, because I am such a huge fan of the state. At the time, I laughed off that notion, but the more time I spend in this adventurous place, the more I think 'you know what, she was right.' Having grown up in a completely different landscape, it doesn't take much environment-wise to get my wanderlust excited. And, when it comes to Cali, I get really excited. As a state as a whole, it never disappoints.
I have always said: 'It is not so much LA that does it for me. It is the city's location in Cali and the proximity to explore anything you could possible want that keeps me living where I do.' Ocean, mountain, snow, desert... anything is under 4 hours away from Los Angeles, and I am constantly hopping in the car ready to experience it all. And, most of the best landscapes are completely free to explore. Weekend exploring is easy to access by car and cheap to adventure around and get a fill of wanderlust. So, most weekends, I can be found out and about in Cali often times in what seems like the complete middle of no where, but for me, I wouldn't have it any other way.
So, at this point, I honestly thought I had kind of seen it all in terms of this great state. I consider myself somewhat of a Cali connoisseur, so just when I thought Cali couldn't possibly surprise me, she did just that. Turns out, Cali is home to hundreds of geo-thermal baths mostly found in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. Many of these natural warm pools are largely unvisited as few know about their existence. I certainly had no idea they could be found off the beaten path in the middle of nowhere California.
So, when I discovered their existence thanks to a random Instagram photo I came across, I immediately got to researching and subsequently booked a long weekend exploring this area looking for the baths. This particular site, the Hot Creek Geological Site, was one of my favorites that I discovered over the course of the weekend. The turquoise color attached to a flowing river along with all of the steam married together making this quite a unique spot to experience.
Because the water changes temperatures drastically and without warning, these pools are not inhabitable. It is completely fenced off and no one is allowed to swim in the baths. Even still, if you are heading to the Mammoth Mountain area, it is definitely worth checking out! Pack a light picnic and take in the sites. The scenery around this area is stunning and just down the road is Wild Willy's Hot Springs which are free to swim and soak in, so make a day it!