Outing Part 2 – My Hike To The Mineral Springs

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Special thanks to Spider Bait for using his fancy schmancy new phone to help with the photos.  My camera was very finicky about the light there at the end and I got lots of dark photos.  His fancy phone did much better than my camera.

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After I had been on the lake with my new kayak long enough to feel guilty about leaving Spider Bait on shore all alone, I headed back in and offered up the kayak so he could take a spin.  He declined and said he wanted to take me hiking up to the mineral springs.  So I deflated and bagged the kayak and then changed back into shorts and shoes.

Back in the 1800’s the mineral springs were a big deal and boasted curative waters.  They even had a resort on the hill above them at one time.  Now it is all woods and a hike to get to them.`

Into the woods we went.

Into the woods we went.

One of the first interesting things I spotted was this tree.  It doesn't look it in the picture, but this tree is quite large with a huge hole in it.

One of the first interesting things I spotted was this tree. It doesn’t look it in the picture, but this tree is quite large with a huge hole in it.

 

And then I found a fungus among us. :D

And then I found a fungus among us. 😀

An interesting burl on a tree.

And an interesting burl on a tree. The wood framing you see to the left are supports for a bridge across a section of the creek.  It was a Boy Scout Eagle project.

I love how Mother Nature is reclaiming this tree.

I love how Mother Nature is reclaiming this tree.

"Come on, mom!"  "I'm coming, I'm coming.  There's a damn bug down my shirt!"  Did you ever notice how your kids always take these less than flattering shots of you?

“Come on, mom!” “I’m coming, I’m coming. There’s a damn bug down my shirt!” Did you ever notice how your kids always take these less than flattering shots of you?

We made it!  This is the main cave at the spring.  We have had a very dry couple of months.  Normally there would be water cascading off the top of the cave in a waterfall.

We made it! This is the main cave at the spring. We have had a very dry couple of months. Normally there would be water cascading off the top of the cave in a waterfall.

This is a pile of rocks that have broken off in the middle.  There is a smaller cave to the left.

This is a pile of rocks that have broken off in the middle. There is a smaller cave to the left.  You can also see the drips running off the edge to the left of the rocks from a small creek that runs down into the spring area.

Part of the steps from the  upper trail down to the spring are original back to when the resort existed.  You can see the springs at the end of the bench where the iron stains are.

Part of the steps from the upper trail down to the spring are original back to when the resort existed. You can see the springs at the end of the bench where the iron stains are.

These are the mineral waters that everyone came to drink.

These are the mineral waters that everyone came to drink.

Water and time have eroded an almost perfect bowl into this rock.

Water and time have eroded an almost perfect bowl into this rock.

Of course, after hiking through the woods in the heat we were both thirsty.  Spider Bait went first.

"Brrr, it's cold!"

“Brrr, it’s cold!”

Well, if he thought it was cold there was no way in heck I was putting my face in there.  So I dug out the ziplock bag I had for my camera on the kayak.  It made a perfect canteen.

Some for him...

Some for him…

And some for me!

And some for me!

We then decided to grab roots and climb up above the springs and look around. There was a creek up there with neat rock formations.

My son fiddled with his phone and got this picture of the same rocks.

I wish I had had a flash light so I could see how far back inside that little cave/overhang goes.

I found some interesting lichen up there.

I found some interesting lichen up there.

And a tree growing right on the edge of the rocks.

And a tree growing right on the edge of the rocks.

And then it was time to return Spider Bait to school and get home for dinner.  So one last look around…

The springs from the creek bed up above.  I'm going to want to come back after we get some rain so I can see the waterfall.

The springs from the creek bed up above. I’m going to want to come back after we get some rain so I can see the waterfall.

I managed to catch Ms. Bumble Bee just before we came out of the trees by the car. It was a nice end to the walk.

I managed to catch Ms. Bumble Bee just before we came out of the trees by the car. It was a nice end to the walk.

Hope you enjoyed the trip!  Night!

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4 responses to “Outing Part 2 – My Hike To The Mineral Springs

  1. That looks like an awesome place. I don’t know if I would have drunk the water though, I learned too much about groundwater contamination in school.

    • They test the lake water regularly to make sure it is safe for swimming. A high bacterial content, for example, will shut the beach down. As many people that come to drink from the spring, I’m pretty sure they’re keeping an eye on that as well. But it probably wouldn’t hurt to double check. I was surprised at how cold it still was considering how late in the year it was and how little rain we’ve had. Wow, that’s a lot of ‘was’s’. 😀

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