I visited Burgdorf Hot Spring in the Payette National Forest of Idaho recently. I like hot springs. For me, they are my favorite places to heal body and mind.
I did not know about Burgdorf until my friend and I started planning the trip, and a friend told us about it. The reality resulted superior to our expectations.
The place, high in the mountains has an elevation of 6,115 feet above sea level. So no surprising my friend was dizzy the first hours. I was born in the mountains, my body adapted immediately.
The place has only electricity in the administration. The fifteen cabins do not have electricity.
The place has outside toilets, in my native Mexico; we called letrinas, like in the ranch of my grandparents. So, I do not have problems with that.
We had to heat the cabin with fire, at the third night, we learned to do it right, turning the place is a cozy environment.
We brought a butane gas stove and cooked goat sausages and boiled water for mate. It is an easy task, we brought the matches too.
We spent hours and hours in the swimming pool, named swimming hole. The hole is made of timber logs walls and natural soft river gravel. There is not cement around. It is natural warm and clean, probably 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
The place has other two little hotter hots, probably 109 degrees. First when you enter that holes, you feel that you are getting skinned, but it is only the first sensation, then, if you relax and do not move, you can enjoy the healing heat without pain for around five to ten minutes, the max.
Lithium is the main mineral component, but it has also magnesium is a high quantity, as well as other minerals. After four nights an five days, my body felt more flexible, allowing my joints and ligaments to move at ease.
There is something in the environment that makes the people to be friendly. We meet people coming from all over Idaho, but also a couple that has been coming to enjoy the place from Louisiana. They commented “the place is the best.”
A man and her daughter from Switzerland came to visit in a road trip from New Jersey to Mendocino, CA.
Sonia a Montessori teacher/owner from Fife, WA befriended us in the water, shared her macadamia nuts with us, and took our pictures.
The human experience is totally different that Seattle, where we live, where the people can be a little aloof.
Karen and Rick, the administrators maintain the peace and the place.
I do not call in an inconvenience that we had an uninvited guest, or maybe a regular who tolerated our visit: a chipmunk. After we learned that this little creatures do not attack humans, we did not mind its presence, sharing the space at peace.
I hope, one day, I will invite my five grandchildren to enjoy Burgdorf with me in Winter or in Summer, because it is open year round.
- Also Known As:
- Burgdorf Hot Springs Hotel Mccall
- Burgdorf Hot Springs McCall, Idaho