Crystal Crane Hot Springs was… amazeballs. The resort was literally in the middle of nowhere in the high desert of east Oregon. If one had to go food shopping, you’d need to drive 30 miles west… grab some gas there as well. If you didn’t and kept heading east, there would be neither gas stations nor any buildings other than ranches for the next 120 miles.
It was exactly what we needed. We did absolutely NOTHING for 4 days. The resort has a man made pond, imagine 2 Olympic sized swimming pools combined, but as a hot tub?? That’s what it was. So rich with minerals, we soaked in the pond daily, few times a day, while outside was freezing (ranging from 28 degrees to 42 degrees).
We basically floated through our days there and held still with each other’s presence. Aidan has not expressed homesickness once, Oisin was in his element and Eitan was an eager photographer.
On day 3, I got antsy and told the boys to let's explore the area. I was told that there was an national park area that had wild mustang herd... Kiger Park, and that it'd be so beautiful. I was given a tourist map and the man circled the specific spot. The map said it'd be around 8 miles and that they would be on dirt road that's "paved."
Fast forward 2 hours later, we were hopelessly lost and it wasn't even 8 miles, but ended up being 120 miles only to discover that the specific road to the herd was impassable for a tiny car like mine. Still, we enjoyed every bit of it.
we also hung out in Mer to stay warm, we read books, played games, watched movies and cuddled together. We even paid for an hour to access a private room with a huge bathtub full of hot springs' water.
My favorite part of the entire thing? The 24 hours access we had to the pond, any time of the day, we could go and soak away.
We spent our last night hiking the high desert as we watched the sunset (cold!) and then our last morn, we watched the sunrise. We had full access to both views.
We were ready to go because of the nothingness, but we were really sad to leave. I know, deep down in my heart, that that place will be forever remembered by my boys.
just a mother who fled from society's constraints and is super excited to wake up to the outdoors, remain braless daily and teach her boys the art of boredom and discovery.