I’ve long been a fan of hot springs. With friends, back in our university days I used to go to a place called The Geysers, an old hot springs resort, now no longer in operation. In recent years, in California, I’ve spent time at Wilbur Hot Springs. I like to soak in warm and relaxing mineral waters. It’s good for skin problems and for stress. A few days at such a place is a pause in time, a visit to another space. This was my first time at Orr.
Northwest of Ukiah, in Mendocino County, the site and grounds are located in an isolated and forested canyon.
I parked Van in their car-camping area.
I would have liked to have a little more space around me, personal space for a real campsite, but Orr is so calm and quiet that this was just fine. I had access to the communal kitchen to prepare my meals and soI still haven’t used Van’s kitchen.
My bedroom in Van:
One morning I realized that there had been visitors during the night:
There is a lot of wildlife here. Squirrels, of course, but I didn’t manage to get a picture. And deer wander the grounds freely:
And these cheeky creatures too, especially near the kitchen:
Orr has many little bungalows to rent, like this one:
But the main attraction is the baths:
Further along there’s a another warm pool, a cold swimming pool, a sauna and steam bath.
Here I am, having a soak:
One of the best things about Orr is that it’s is very near Montgomery State Nature Reserve where you can walk among groves of old-growth redwoods. More on than later.