Summer Solace part 1
She was needing this SO much. Maybe even more than she had realized when she made the reservations on Monday. A last minute getaway to clear her head and rejuvenate her body. Work, family and life had all been completely overwhelming lately, and she just needed to get away from it all and think. This was a funky little place, out in the middle of nowhere, and she had been just a little bit nervous as she clicked the final button confirming her reservations. But now that she was here, it seemed quite peaceful and serene, just as she had hoped for.
The compound sat on the edge of a wildlife refuge and wetland. She guessed that was where the hot springs boiled up from. But where they came from didn’t really matter as much as the fact that the ad said there were natural hot springs to soak your cares away in, and that was exactly what she intended to do. So, she made her way across the uneven field through the darkness, with only a tiny pen-light she had found in her glovebox to guide her way. She tried desperately to ignore the movement around her feet, as small mammals scurried for the taller grass when she came near. The sound of pouring water became louder and clearer as she rounded the back side of the small changing house, and the faint smell of sulfur wafted through her senses.
There they were. Three stonework pools with differing degrees of cascading spring water flowing into and filling them with steaming hot water. The lower pool was the first she came to and quickly left after discovering it was the cool pool. The middle pool was warmer, but the upper pool bubbled and steamed, so she didn’t even test it before shedding her cover-up and stepping in. This one was DEFINITELY hotter, but it was nothing her worn out and exhausted body couldn’t take. She smoothly slipped under the surface and glided across the small pool to the bench on the other side.
With her eyes closed, she tilted her head back and let her body begin the process of relaxing. Her measured, deep breaths began releasing the tension that had been consuming her for months now. Problems at home began to invade her thoughts, but were quickly silenced by her overwhelming need to let it go and just relax. How she wished she had paid the extra for a massage. She allowed her hands to brush the tops of her thighs at the thought, and was pleasantly surprised to feel an unexpected smoothness to her skin. There was something about the minerals in the water that caused her skin to feel almost liquid under her touch. Her fingers glided so smoothly, she found herself letting them wander across all of her exposed skin, relishing the slippery feel and touch.
To be continued…..