Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Hot Creek

When we think of thermal areas we usually think Yellowstone. Eastern California with its volcanic remnants has many thermal pools and a few geysers (I have never seen any erupt).

Hot Creek is near Mammoth Mountain, the remnant of an ancient volcano.

In past years the creek and thermal pools were a popular place for bathers but after some earthquake activity the pools became much hotter and the forest service fenced it off.
Cited? Cooked is more like it!
It is unfortunate that we can no longer get close, we must keep our distance to protect the foolish.
There are still many thermal pools in the area that are less dangerous. Guide books have been written to direct people to pools on public land and people enjoy soaking in them.

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26 comments:

J Bar said...

Great photos. Great tour.
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Photo Cache said...

"...to protect the foolish" = LOL

I wanna go there, now!

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Carletta said...

Love how the sky is reflected in that second shot!
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Gaelyn said...

Ahhhh, how I love to soak in natural hot springs. The fencing is a shame, seems like a few interpretive warning signs would be sufficient.
Thanks for reminding me there's hot springs in E CA. I'm thinking of going to Death Valley and there are few around.
Nice Captures of the rich mineral colored waters.

eileeninmd said...

Great shots of the hot spring pools.

Ebie said...

We were here too! And I enjoyed it! Great capture on the second shot!

Martha in PA said...

Cooked!
Great shots, I would love to see this sometime!

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Arija said...

I like the extra excitement of being somewhere that chan change in the blink of an eye. There is so little adventure left inthe world with all the occupational health and safety. Learning to take care where you step is part of normal survival.
Beautiful shots Martha.

robert said...

wonderful...wonderful...wonderful...

Lilli & Nevada said...

great photos

Carolyn Ford said...

I have been there and enjoyed submersing myself in those great hot pools. Yes, they are hot in places and you will jump when you set a foot in the wrong place. But, hiking sandals prevent those kinds of problems. My husband and I were going to visit there during the summer but ran out of time. I guess it was just as good to miss it if it is fenced off now...so sorry to hear that. Great photos of a wonderful natural setting!

Japa said...

We have similar post. Very cool.

And thanks for dropping by. So nice of you.

Joops said...

Very interesting!

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PERBS said...

Love those hot pools! Beautiful captures of them by you also! In Idaho, we had lava Hot Springs and I enjoyed going to the hot pools with my parents when I was young. Nothing as refreshing. In Alaska, when I visited friends, there was the pool Chena Hot Springs and it was very hot and refreshing also. If I rememebr right, one pool was from directly outside springs and the other was cooled enough for swimming.

Kitty said...

That's quite exciting! And lovely pictures, too; the water's a nice colour.

Jane said...

Pity it is too hot, I wouldn't mind dipping my feet in it, wonderful scenery as well. Thanks for sharing:)

Hand-Made Crystal Designs said...

Great tour and beautiful photos.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Hot springs are so fascinating, aren't they? How interesting that earthquakes have changed the temperature of the water. Makes sense, I just hadn't though of that happening.

Pat said...

The colors of those hot pools are unbelievable, aren't they? Just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

moorebloglife said...

Martha this is awesome, I cannot believe I have lived in CA all my life, never been to Mammoth never have I seen these pools, this will be on my list of places to see for sure.... thanks for sharing!

Lorac said...

Look at the colour of those pools. Amazing! Love your shots and the tour of Hot Creek.

sunnymama said...

Great pictures of a fascinating place! Thanks for showing us round :)

Barb said...

Hi Martha,
The thought of scald is somewhat comforting - we're having a winter storm warning here in Breckenridge! Do you think the color of the pools is from mineral deposits - calcium maybe?

Judy said...

too bad you could not have gotten closer to take the photos!!! these are cool, anyway!!

Guy D said...

Martha these are absolutely fantastic.

All the best
Guy
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Linda Reeder said...

Wow. I didn't know anything about this area. Very interesting.