Wednesday was a working day again. I spent the morning at the laundromat (my first experience ever at a laundromat). Also got groceries, cleaned house, figured out which bath house we were going to take by a storm on Thursday, filled up our water jugs at the hot springs water station, visited some shops, and cooked dinner. All this while Curt dominated working remotely from the RV all day.
Thursday was a completely different day. We slept in (which is normal for me, but Curt usually rises and shines a little faster than I do). We set off on our hike late morning on Gulpha Gorge Trail, which was a trail that started at the campgrounds where we are staying. Curt looks like an expert hiker with his hiking shorts, “America Scenic Route” t-shirt, hiking boots, and a backpack. I look like an amateur huffing and puffing up the hill.
We hiked up to the top of the mountain, making a couple of stops along the way to stand on goat rock and pick up some pieces of marble. Once we got to the top we had a little snacky treat before we hiked down the mountain to Bathhouse row. Near Bathhouse row there is a natural hot water spring that has a little park built up around it. I think they called it the display springs or something like that. I dipped my fingers in for the experience, although at that point I wish I could’ve dunked right in. There was a spot back in the corner that if you stood there long enough the steam would warm you up…which I did, and it was wonderful.
We ate at Superior Bathhouse Brewing. Curt asked me while we were on the mountain what my ideal lunch would be. I thought a Gyro looked good. Sure enough, Superior Bathhouse had a Gyro on their menu with roasted red potatoes. Oh my goodness it was delicious. Curt had some goat cheese dip with pesto, basil, and roasted apricots or something. That was also delicious.
On to the bathhouses! We went to the Buckstaff Bathhouse because we wanted the “1900’s experience” of getting a bath. After you check in, they whisk you away for a 15 minute soak bath, then you lay in hot towels for 12 minutes, then a steam room for 3-4 minutes, a sitz bath, and finally a needle shower. We left this place feeling a bit disoriented, slightly dehydrated, and extremely relaxed. We went back to Superior Bathhouse to grab a quick drink and so Curt could work a bit, then we scooted our back back up and over the Mountain.
At the top, Curt decided he wanted to run up to Mountain Tower, so he paid his way through the gait and ran up and down all 306 steps while I stood at the bottom and figured out a good place to eat for the night (yes, that is important). He rocked the steps and made it up in about 3:18. Not bad, considering we had just hiked up the mountain to get there.
We arrived back home safely and showered up for dinner. What’s better after a hike than Italian food? We went to a local favorite (recommended by Sergio at Taco Mama and by the very nice lady working at the Mountain Tower) called Angels in the Park. It’s kind of on the back roads behind Bathhouse Row, but it was a romantic meal for two on a slow Thursday night. The food was delicious–Mediterranean Ravioli for Curt and Mushroom Ravioli for Laura.
After dinner we went back over to the Ohio Club for some live jazz music and a nightcap. You would think that after being in New Orleans, where jazz is King, you would be highly disappointed by any jazz music afterwards. Oh cont-rare! The music was happening, their jokes were hilarious, and the crowd loved it. When we first walked in the band was playing a slower tune and a woman that looked to be about 65 looked ravishing with a microphone in her hand and sequins on her shoes. And then she sang. Holy moly could she sing! She and the rest of the band jazzed it up with a bit with some fast tunes that we had never even heard before. Best jazz music we’ve heard in a long time, for sure.
Back home again after a very fun day. I’m realizing that I get to go on a date with my husband almost every day this year. Now that’s a good year.
More adventures tomorrow…