We made it! And the trip couldn’t have been more of a success. The RV did great climbing the challenging hills of I-70; thank god because getting an RV towed looks like a pain in the a**. Our campsite was a mile out of Idaho Springs on a beautiful little peace of heaven right next to a river. We couldn’t have asked for a better spot. I could hear the river right out the window, it was magical. I fell asleep to the sound of rushing water and crickets – not a car or person heard. Without the chaos of the city around it was easy to fall asleep and stay there – waking up refreshed and ready to take on the day. We knew this was just what we needed. I also thought in the back of my mind – this is what everyone needs.
Aubrey and I got everything settled in and did some yoga / massage to de-stress and get rid of the stiffness from the drive. Buddy loves playing in the water and decided he was going to get dirty as quick as he could. Can I blame him? We went for a peaceful walk and then Aub’s and I decided to head down to the Indian Hot Springs.
Since we were only a mile out of town we didn’t think it was necessary to bring a car, so walking it was. We hitch hiked but no one would pick us up; which we found odd… But were almost glad no one did because we got to enjoy the mountains; we let our free spirits fly and felt invigorated – almost like our nomadic ancestors.
We stopped at the Tommyknocker Brewery and grabbed a chili beer; which was spicy and delicious. Afterwards we finished the journey to the Hot Springs and decided to do the cave mineral baths and the mud bath. Clothing was optional in the caves so, being the free spirits we are, Aubrey and I went for it. There’s just something about walking around naked in a “public” place, it felt fantastic to be unrestricted by social norms, if only for a little bit. It brings a certain type of peace to feel comfortable in your own skin. The mineral pools were in a cave with 4 or 5 separate tubs. The water was super hot and didn’t smell like gross chemicals or anything. We spent over an hour in and out of the tubs, we could literally feel the toxins being sucked out of us. We did some meditating and chanting together – it was such an enlightening and beautiful experience.
During the mud bath we met a lady from India and chatted with her for a while. She said she’s been all over the world and that Colorado is by far the best place she’s been. Aubrey and I felt lucky to be from here 🙂 and we wish we would have gotten her contact info. Afterwards we got a ride home, ate a delicious salmon dinner and realized we were exhausted. All the traveling, detoxing, hot mineral baths, and everything else took it out of us. We both slept like rocks ❤
The next morning we got to talking about our business and our future travels. I am so excited for the next steps 🙂 After that we did some painting out in the grass, enjoying the warm sun and the sound of the river right beside us. I watched the clouds for a while and one of them turned into a heart which then split in two, and the two halves migrated from each other. It was very symbolic to both Aubrey and I – and gave us some motivation to look inside ourselves and find peace within. We did some meditating and yoga, releasing any negative energy we were carrying with us and allowing the light within to heal our hearts. I wish I could explain with words how I felt at this moment, but put simply, I can’t.
After some much needed R&R, we walked back down to the town and had dinner. Stuffed and thirsty, we headed out to explore the bar scene in Idaho (there’s not much of one haha..) We had a beer at the Vintage Moose and met Drew – a restaurant owner in town. He was a chill person and we chatted with him for a while. There weren’t very many people at the moose so we headed to the Wild West Tavern down the street. This bar was a little bigger and more populated with people. We met Jill and Nick at the bar and they expressed their envy for what we were doing. They hoped to one day travel around and wished us the best of luck. We played a game of pool and chatted with some of the local raft guides. There was also karaoke going on and eventually I convinced Aubrey to go up and sing with me. She chose one of the longest songs in history haha but we had a great time letting loose and being silly. We met a lot of awesome people and had a fantastic night.
I can’t express how fortunate I feel to be in this position; I am working towards accomplishing my dreams and it feels spectacular. I am feeling more motivated than ever and refreshed as ever to continue on this wonderful journey I’ve begun. I had a dream to get an RV, and I did. Now I can travel and meet amazing people and create experiences that I will remember for a lifetime. I can share my experiences with people who wish to do the same or simply find them interesting – and hopefully inspire people like myself to get out and follow their dreams as well.
Anything is possible – you just have to get out and do it! Stop dreaming, and start doing! You can only accomplish something if you try, and if you don’t try, you will never reach your full potential in life. I am not a millionaire, I am not a celebrity, and I may not be able to change the World… But I can follow my dreams; and in doing so I can change lives, meet incredible people, and find myself along the way.
Please join me on the rest of my adventures and follow my blog 🙂 I would love to know you. Have a fantastic day, and remember… Your worth it!
– Tasha Hannah