It was definitely freezing last night. I went to brush the condensation off my sleeping bag this morning, only to find the droplets were all frozen. So I didn’t get quite the early start I wanted for my 22.5 mile day, but was hiking soon after 7:00. There were a lot of water crossings, first Holcomb Creek and then Deep Creek.

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I spent most of the day hiking through a canyon on a ledge high above Deep Creek. I couldn’t help but think it would’ve been more fun to float down the creek instead.

I made it to the hot springs by 6:30 and did my camp chores before anything else: set up my tent on the beach, filter water from the creek, cook dinner. I soaked my feet in one of the pools built around a hot spring while I ate dinner, then got in all the way. It was amazing!

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I had been debating whether to go in the springs or not since there was a warning not to drink the water or submerge your head in it. That made me think maybe the rest of my body shouldn’t go in it either. But everyone kept telling me they say that for all natural hot springs. I was able to get a cell signal in the afternoon and do some research and it did look okay, so I went in.

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Going to bed after a soak feels amazing. It would be cool to go back out for a starlit soak, but highly doubtful I’ll get up for it.