Brr... it's been dipping below zero lately around here. This sub zero weather reminded me of our honeymoon. We got married in our home while living in North Pole, Alaska. It was Jan 11, 2002. In early Feb we took a ride up the road about 125 miles to Circle Hot Springs in Central Alaska. When we arrived at the lodge, there was only a handful of other people there. They headed out the next morning and we had the place to ourselves. The lodge is no longer running and is listed for sale by owner. If only I had a million bucks to spend on buying and refurbishing that piece of history ... oh well.
The service and food was fantastic. Our chef was a former cook on a ship that hauled loggers that worked off the southern coast of Alaska. She was also a former NY City "Rockett" dancer. She was super friendly and shared some very interesting stories. And beleive me, we never left the table hungry.
We went swimming when it was 35 degrees below zero. Let me tell you - you DIVE into the pool, no tippy toeing here. Once in the water you are just as comfortable as can be. BUT your hair freezes. It was kind of fun because you can style into peaks like a punk rocker and it freezes in place. I looked like a crystalized angel - really! This is a natural hot spring that runs into an olympic sized pool. It's fed by a natural constant flow of hot water from the springs were the temperature is 139 degrees. It has a natural flow and a complete turnover of water every 18 hours.