Thanks entirely to the book Enchanted Waters: A Guide to New Mexico's Hot Springs by Craig Martin that I borrowed from the local library, J and I were able to make our way along red dirt roads to the primitive Black Rock Hot Spring in Taos on our way home from camping last week.
The skies were dark and drizzly as we once again hiked down to the edge of the Rio Grande. Aside from short stints with our solar shower at the camp site we hadn't had hot water for a couple of days and I was looking forward to soaking in the the 90+ degree pool.
Amazingly, we had the place entirely to ourselves for a relaxing soak. The outermost pool was flooded and cold due to the recent rain storms, but the small innermost pool was magical. While we soaked we pointed out faces and animal shapes in the steep rock cliffs looming above us.
And afterwards found the perfect hermit's cave...
The weather here in New Mexico isn't as warm as I'd hoped and assumed and tonight there are freeze warnings for the Santa Fe/Albuquerque area. A cold wind is whipping this morning but the casita, despite there being some windows open, has maintained a temperature in the low 70's. Ironically, we are back to living in a place that doesn't have central heat though the thick walls and new windows make it well insulated and our landlord assures us the small woodstove will heat it easily. I have a feeling we'll be testing that sooner rather than later.