Thursday, May 2, 2013

Truth or Consequences, New Mexico: HOT SPRINGS!


I treated myself to a weekend at La Paloma Hot Springs and Spa. Wow! I hated to leave, really hated it, but once the manager dragged me out of bed and threw my stuff in the road, it started feeling like I couldn't stay.


This place is pretty affordable for the relaxation you'll enjoy. I booked an economy room for $60/night (no in-room shower). There's no turn-down service, and you won't be tidied while you're out at the lake. Reuse your towels - it's good for the earth. Just relax in the 108° mineral water that flows up from the ground under you. Hang around the courtyard in your bathrobe. Seriously, it's encouraged! Watch the flaps.

You can get additional services, if you'd like; Annie funded my massage. You can get a facial or tarot readings, if that sounds like fun.


The town is just plain quirky. The people are weird and friendly. My friend Sue showed me around the joint, bought me coffee, and introduced me to her cool friends. I am very grateful, Sue, for everything.

I can see myself spending more time in TorC.

I took the scenic route home through the Gila Mountains and Silver City. Along the way, I picked up these folks:

Daniel, Abby, and Aloric

They had been on the Continental Divide Trail for six days, and were hoping for a ride to Silver City to rest up, drink beer, and sleep in a bed. Sissies.

I just don't pick up hitchhikers, but apparently hitchhikerhikers are my soft spot. Blame it on the woo-woo and the hot springs. We rode together for another hour, and I dropped them off at the McDonald's in Silver City.

Caballo Lake, New Mexico







Caballo Lake

 
















Silver City is another place I'd like to explore. It's a college town, but I saw no trace of students. Is the semester already over?



Things may begin to look and feel different here on the blog. I know I will! I'll let you know what to notice; it'll be like pointing out the moving parts on the diorama.



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36 comments:

klbexplores said...

I should warn you I don't adjust to change easily! (I say that as I am about to embark on the greatest change of my life) Friends like you will either help me through the rough spots or run and hide. A massage and BIGGGGG rest sound wonderful right NOW!

6-bleen-7 said...

It's finals week here right now.

I really like the "Woo-woo" section.

Jim and Sandie said...

T&C is one of our very favorite spots. We loved the hot springs and the people and the quirky downtown. Just love it.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Karen, as ill-prepared as you feel, you will do this thing beautifully. Seriously. You are braver than you know.

Bleen, it seemed a little early for everyone to be gone.

Sandie, I'll meet you there for a soak. Later we'll have snacks at Passion Pie.

The Odd Essay said...

As many times as we've been in or driven by TorC we've never gone to the SPAs. I NEED to put THAT on my "to do" list... for sure! You make it sound Sooooooooo nice.

VtChris said...

Loved TorC.....and the spas....and Sue showing us around....and Caballo Lake.....hope to go back someday. Thanks for the pictures

Soaring Sun said...

I love that the "weird" link goes to my blog and that the "friendly" link goes to Brian's. You have us pegged.

I so enjoyed your visit and I hope you will come back here many times.

judilyn said...

Silver City is definitely worth a longer stay. Take your camera. The surrounding say twenty miles in any directions will provide your camera a happy time. A walk downtown = likewise!

Do plan to go back - we certainly have our sights on a month next time!!!

And did I mention FOOD? We rarely eat out, but did three times during our ten-day stay. Each one was a treasure!

Brenda A. said...

I'm drooling right now at the thought of a massage and a soak. Or maybe I'm just drooling cause I've finally been pushed over the edge. Either way I'm glad you got to enjoy them. I know you needed 'em.

Looking forward to whatever you have in store for us.

Happy Trails said...

Glad you liked our quirky little town of T or C, wish we had the chance to say hello.

Marianne said...

My hotflashes can't stand so much visual sunshine and the thought of soaking in hot water right now is a little much. I'm glad you enjoyed it though. Waiting for more news...

Sherry said...

Ahhhhhhh it sounds so perfect! I wish I were there with you and have just moved New Mexico in general and T/C WAY up on my go to list. I can see now why you have not answered my email. But I'm patiently waiting. Where's the spot to park the RV and soak or is it the $60 rooms or no soak?? I'll aim for TorC next April, will you still be there?? I'll fit right in with the weird and the woo woo.

Teresa Evangeline/Bayou Summer said...

Darn your desert hides. You're making me very lonesome for my old stomping grounds ... next year...

wheelingit said...

Whooo hooooo!!! You made it to New Mexico!! Can't wait to see what trouble you get into there :)
Nina

Judy and Emma said...

I didn't know they served beer at McDonald's. ;)

JO said...

Was wondering where you 2 went off to. Sounds like a wonderful place it is on my list and has been for a long time.

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

They would have kicked me out for leaving a ring around the hot spring... ;c)

intrepid-decrepit-traveler said...

Um, guess I've been busy? Tho't you guys were in/near Tucson. Snuck over to NM, huh? You gonna stay there for a while? Wassup?

Roxanne said...

Nickie, I went by myself, and now I'm back in Tucson for a bit.

P & M, if I couldn't do it, you don't stand a chance.

Jo, it's a fun place. You should go.

Judy, the place just gets better and better.

Well, Nina, I'm just back to getting into trouble in Tucson.

Our desert hides are getting pretty wrinkly, Teresa. You should hurry.

Sherry, it's a must-do town.

Marianne, just look at the cool lake water.

Geri, I'm sorry I didn't get to meet up with you there. I wasn't there very long, and I wasn't good company. Maybe I'll get back before you move...?

Brenda, your drool should be 150 proof after what you've been through.

Judie, I'll have to look for boondocking in that area.

Sue, I'm glad you noticed. :D

Chris, maybe we'll cross paths there sometime.

Ooh, Sharon, you NEED to do that.

Rick Doyle said...

Those hot springs sure sound nice. Glad you got to try them out. You are a brave one to pick up hitchikers - even when they do look perfectly safe.

Roxanne said...

They were great, Rick. The hitchhikers - there wasn't even a thought process/risk-assessment. I just let them in. It was a frame of mind, I'm sure.

Donna K said...

108*?? Doesn't water start to boil at around that temp?? Oh, you must not be taking Celsius - anyway, that's pretty too toasty warm! Glad you enjoyed it. Add a couple of blocks of ice and I might enjoy it too!

Gaelyn said...

I've always found soaking in hot water to be therapeutic for my mind and body.

Roxanne said...

For sure, Gaelyn. I didn't realize how it would affect me.

Donna, 108° isn't even hot enough to make iced tea.

Happy Trails said...

Roxanne, Elephant Butte State Park has a very nice boondocking area right on the Rio Grand River, under some huge cottonwoods for shade and wonderful shelters with table are provided. Also restrooms and showers. $4 per night. If ya'll are interested, I will send the link to my blog page that gives good directions and photos.

Roxanne said...

That would be great, Geri. Are any of the showers there hot-water?

sierrasue said...
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sierrasue said...

That place looks lovely!! I love soaking in mineral waters. Have been going to steamboat hot springs in Reno, Nv. lately. Especially Love a massage and then a soak.

Roxanne, do they allow you to stay overnight there in an RV??

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Roxanne said...

It's great, Sue.

There's no place to park an RV at that spa, and it's lodging, so they might look askance. But, there are places in town to park, and there are also other springs.

SwankieWheels said...

Soaring Sun is just the best hostess. I had a great time there too. Wonderful area, one of the few that's on my list to return to. Great photos, as usual.

Pat said...

Are you going up to Pie Town? It's on the CDT and all the hikers rave about it.

Roxanne said...

Charlene, here I thought Sue was showing me around extra-good, and now you people tell me she spreads her hospitality around the town. Thanks! :o)

Pat, I didn't go to Pie Town. Hikers are hungry, you know, and will rave about a tub of margarine.

La Paloma Hot Springs and Spa said...

Greetings from La Paloma Hot Springs and Spa... just "quacking" in to say thank you for the kind words and beautiful pic.

We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to your next visit.

The lighting and angle are perfect on your picture, do you mind if we use that on our website? Thank you again see you soon. Don't stay away so long.

La Paloma Hot Springs and Spa

Roxanne said...

Hello! Thanks for setting "down" to comment. I'd be happy for you to use the picture. If you'd like a higher-resolution copy, email me at whotookmybucket at gmail dot com and I'll send it.

Mary Tipton said...

We are planning a five week trip in July. T/C is on the list for sure! Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures!

Roxanne said...

I think you'll love it, Mary. And, it's my pleasure.

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