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Well, This Is A First

It was a much needed getaway for my husband and myself. We were lucky enough to go to our favorite location, Calistoga, CA. After we picked up our rental car from the Oakland Airport we put in our favorite music and headed down the highway, car-top down. The difference in weather from Portland, OR to Calistoga can make an Oregonian's spirit soar. Yes Virginia, there is blue sky.

The next day starts with a fantastic breakfast, followed by a drive to many wineries. The top is down on the convertable and I feel light as a feather. I know that my children are in good hands at home and, well, wine makes me happy!

We arrive for our appointment for afternoon massages feeling comfortable and relaxed. I didn't think anything could take me from this blissful feeling. That was until the desk clerk went over our reservation. It seems that we had been booked to have a "Couples Special". Um... OK... I look at Rob and he looks to the clerk to say that that wasn't what he signed up for. Well, it turns out that that IS what he signed up for, he just didn't understand their Zen-like lingo. Um... OK... Nothing else was available for a week. Well, on we go!

Our "Couples Special" turned out to be hosted by a boy. (Maybe I'm exaggerating. He couldn't have been over 22 years old, at this point in my life that's a "boy".) Our host walked with us through our couples mud baths, (followed by couples rinsing off from places you had no idea mud could even go)to couples eucalyptus steams, then to massages. And the whole time Hubby and I are naked, in case you didn't know.

I allowed myself to "go-with-the-Zen-flow", disrobe and get all muddy with my buddy while our skater-dude brought us spring water with lemon. Maybe it was the eucalyptus wafting through, or maybe it was Enya coming from the speakers but not having clothes on didn't bother me after a while. It was an experience like no other. I hope I haven't scared that poor skater-dude for life.

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23 comments:

  1. Oh Ann...that sounds heavenly. So glad you got to get away! I just have this image of you as Mrs. Robinson now though. Ha, ha!

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  2. I don't think I could do that. Sounds lovely, but hmm. Your get-a-way sounds terrific!

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  3. what, they didn't even give you a robe???

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  4. .. not saying you NEED a robe, just shocked if they didn't even offer you one so you wouldn't be cold.

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  5. A few years back I had a mud bath in Calistoga. It was..... very..... interesting. Glad I did it, but not sure if I'd do it again.

    Glad you had a good time in my neck of the woods!

    Stop by my blog if you get a chance, I'm taking a survey.

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  6. Mud bath huh? What was that like?

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  7. Now that's what I call a vacation! :)

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  8. Ann.. sounds amazing! Wish I Hubby and I could take a much needed break! so glad you had a great time!

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  9. I've always wanted to do a mudbath! I'll have to watch for the Couples Special next time we go on vacation!

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  10. I'd demand a robe...or blindfolds for everyone else.

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  11. Should I even ask how much it cost you to get naked in front of a juvie and then get plastered in sludge? Hell, it was worth it just for the blog material!

    Justine :o )

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  12. i am so glad you guys had a good time, and way to go hubby for going along with it too! my hubby would have hit the ground running!

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  13. Sound like a very ...interesting get away.
    Good for you that you even got away!!!

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  14. Ahhh, I love it there! I am glad you had fun and I am sure Skater dude has seen much, much worse!!!

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  15. Ann- Yes, the pictures I posted are REAL! They are advertising for this Nora Roberts Lifetime special everywhere! They make me cringe, to say the least.

    Sounds like you had quite an adventurous weekend! Good for you! I would have been thrown off by the boy/man, too. Good thing Enya helped take you away.:) What was the mud bath like? Lori

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  16. Well, you read about my Korean spa experience! I am pretty cool with the naked thing now...but that's around the ladies! I could not bare it all in front of skater boy...lol!

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  17. I love it there, hubby and I went once I could so live there it is like another world! Best wine of course but the salads are so good.

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  18. You got to take a naked mud bath??? I'm so jealous. I've always wanted to try that. Too bad the skater dude had to hang around. Tee hee hee....

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  19. Sounds like you had a WONDERFUL getaway! What a way to rejuvenate your mind and have some great quality time with your hubby! ;)

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  20. Great retelling of the story and good for you for being brave enough to have a naked zen experience. :D I think I might've had to say.... is there a "lights off" version? lol

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  21. Ohhh I wondered where you've been. Glad it was somewhere so GOOD!

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