Do you know what ultra-Plinian eruption is?
Volcanic activities sometimes have destructive influence on human society.
Out of them, ultra-Plinian eruption brings on a particularly large explosion that causes global change in environment and mass extinction.
Around such supervolcano, hot springs have been gushing over one million years after the eruption.
New Mexico, Rating [2/5] Hot Spring River, Secluded, Sightseeing, Tepid
Do you know Gila Hot Springs?
In a campground deep in the mountains of New Mexico, there is the hot springs.
I felt the same kind of tasteful atmosphere as a secluded Japanese Ryokan’s open-air bath.
Perhaps the reason may be in an unlikely place.
New Mexico, Rating [5/5] Lodging, Mixed Bath
Which do you like peaks or valleys?
This time, I will visit an unfinished resort with hot springs, which is located at the bottom of a deep valley where the seventh-highest bridge in the United States is spanning.
New Mexico, Rating [2/5] Secluded, Sightseeing, Tepid
Do you think that the most important factor of a hot spring is the quality of spring?
Actually, I agree with the idea as a hot spring maniac, but most people seem to give importance on “experiences” surrounding the hot spring.
They will recognize a hot spring as great if they have extraordinary experiences, such as cleanly accommodation, great meals, or high quality customer services.
New Mexico, Rating [3/5] Gourmet, Lodging, Private Bath, Truth or Consequences
What is your comfort temperature for soaking?
Not only individual tastes but also cultures define the comfort temperature.
There are many hot springs in the United States, but most of them are not so hot for Japanese.
Indeed, it may be reasonable considering its lower physical burden.
However, sometimes I would like to renew myself in body and spirit, by soaking in strikingly hot water.
New Mexico, Rating [4/5] Extremely Hot, Private Bath, Sightseeing, Sulfur Dioxide
Do you think a hot spring upwelling from the ground is valuable?
Such kind of springs would be rare, because in general, only one tub can be placed right above the source of a spring.
However, in Truth or Consequences, one of the largest spa cities in the southwestern United States, there is plentiful water upwelling from the ground.
New Mexico, Rating [3/5] Gourmet, Private Bath, Truth or Consequences, Upwelling from the Ground
What do you think is efficacy of hot springs?
Do you think the most important element is the inclusion?
Actually, only a little inclusion can be absorbed through the skin.
Today I would like to introduce a hot spring in terms of “gravity.”
New Mexico, Rating [4/5] Lodging, Private Bath, Truth or Consequences, Upwelling from the Ground
Where did American Indians choose the place for dwelling?
There is an American Indian’s dwelling in the northern area of New Mexico, surrounded by rich natural environment of the highland.
Near the holy place, which is designated a World Heritage site, you will find a hot spring upwelling.
New Mexico, Rating [2/5] Secluded, Sightseeing
Do you think mixed bathing without clothing is Japan-specific culture?
It is not true.
In the United States, there are many hippies, who are said to originate from protests to the Vietnam War and deny rule-bond human living.
Actually mixed bathing culture exists across the United States, affected by hippies’ philosophy.
New Mexico, Rating [2/5] Lodging, Mixed Bath, Private Bath, Sightseeing