Tony and I took a trip to Hot Springs, Montana this weekend and it was really fun.
The trip was to celebrate this little angel’s birthday:
We stayed at the Symes Hotel. Symes was built in the 1920′s and it has these clawfoot tubs that can be filled with hot water from the springs for which the town is named. The hotel also has two outdoor swimming pools filled with spring water. It was in the 30′s when Tony and I were there, but the spring water was 100+ degrees.
Native Americans thought the waters were healing and the town used to attract thousands of people each year by billing the springs as “restorative.” Doesn’t it all sound sort of idyllic?
Here’s the thing: the water reeks of sulfur. Like, overpoweringly. Also, although the idea of a hotel built in the ’20′s is charming indeed, it turns out that years and years of sulfuric air does nothing for a hotel interior. It all seemed a bit dirty. And when I say “it all seemed a bit dirty,” what I mean is that I found a turd floating in the toilet after we checked into our room. Tony and I actually considered checking out immediately and going home to Missoula.
Instead we stayed strong and went to the tarot reader, like we had planned.
Later we went to an awesome bar with a renovated, regulation-sized shuffleboard table complete with an old, light-up scoreboard (picture). I had never played shuffleboard before but Tony taught me how and it is now my favorite game. I beat Tony!
It was open mic night at the bar and these two guys did a really slow, deep, and poignant cover of Feels Like Rain, which is the best way to sing that song and much, much better than the original.
The next day, we shopped for crystals in the hotel lobby.
And then went to a crowded thrift store where I found a painting that I had to own. Tony wasn’t sold on the ballerinas but I explained that I should get what I want on my birthday. Oh wait, his birthday.
Anyway I guess the moral here is: don’t let a lot of dirt, a little poop, and some disgusting odors deter you. Go out there and make memories! MEOW!