Saturday, February 8, 2014

Pocatello and Lava Hot Springs, Idaho

Ever since we moved to Utah & browsed through the information from the welcome center, the kids (& I) have been begging to go to Lava Hot Springs. For some reason, it just wasn't as high on Steve's priority list, so there *may* have been some nagging. I suggested that we go for a weekend away for Shanan & Alyssa's birthdays, & Steve consented. :)

There was a lot of steam since the outside temp was +17 degrees
We spent the most time in the pool that was the least hot, although plenty warm
We truly had a great time! We stayed at the Red Lion Inn in Pocatello, which was a great hotel with an awesome indoor pool.  We spent one day playing in the hot springs. They were very hot, so although I was hesitant about the temperature being in the teens, it was perfect! The littles did a great job getting in & out to regulate their temperature.  They scooped up the snow on the sides & put it on their heads (& everyone else's, too) to cool them down. Then they'd get back in to warm up! This is a great place to check out if you're in the area. However, I think I'd only go if it were winter.

The snow felt great on the tops of our heads
The water is fed from a natural hot spring with nothing added
I wouldn't consider going here any other time except the winter, it would just be too hot
Katie really enjoyed the hot springs
Great times were had by all at Lava Hot Springs
We also decided to check out the Museum of Clean in Pocatello, as Steve's research showed it got great reviews.  We had a great time here, too.  Don Aslett, the owner, gave us the tour himself.  He also gave our girls some books on cleaning & gave Katie a Baby Banana toothbrush/teether that she loves!  The kids loved all the play areas, so it was a great time by all.  Don was so nice that we stopped by his cleaning store afterwards & got some cleaning supplies!

The museum founder gave us a personal tour
Mr Aslett showing Alyssa how people used to carry water for laundry
And now do you like my hat
We loved all the hands on exhibits
We all had fun with the cleaning themed costumes
A great time was had by all, we highly recommend the Museum of Clean in Pocatello, Idaho