On our way back from Alvord Desert, we stayed the night in a tepee at Crystal Crane Hot Springs outside of Burns, OR. We swam and soaked for the nearly 24 hours we were there, pausing for a few hours of sleep. We were blessed to meet up with some homeschooling friends who moved to a ranch near Crane this summer. It was nice to catch up with them.
We set up our cots all around the outside of the tepee. There was plenty of room for our family plus my parents.
Josiah had a lot of fun with the snorkel mask he bought. He is an explorer at heart. He's checking out the roots of the grasses that grew along the water, and also seeing if there were any aquatic creatures attached to the roots. He is so much like his mom.
The night before there was a small band of wild horses that came to drink from the pond where you see the sagebrush in this picture.
I'm glad this has become a tradition for us to stop at Crystal Crane on the way back from Alvord. It helps break up the trip and the kids have so much fun swimming and exploring. It is really inexpensive, too. I think we rented the tepee for $70 for the night. They have a little kitchen you can heat your food in near the main building as well as showers.
Just another example of beauty found in the desert. Until next year...