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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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