Turtle Back Mesa Bed & Breakfast, California

How many points does your life get if you are to evaluate it?

At a spa hotel hard to measure, I had to think of my borrowed time.

Joshua Tree National Park

The nearest national park to Los Angeles is famous for the rock-climbing.

A Rocky Perspective

Photo by Ian D. Keating – A Rocky Perspective (2016) / CC BY 2.0

The rounded rocks are considered to derive from volcanic rocks eroded by groundwater, which implies rich water resources (including hot springs) underground.

Feeling of Strangeness

This inn next to the national park has only three guest rooms.


An elderly couple gave me a grand tour.

In the courtyard, there was a large pool, but it was fed by cool water.


Strangely, my room was connected to another guest room through a shower room.

I brought foods for the dinner, but the hosts said it was prohibited to eat something in guest rooms.

So I had it in a shared dining area being got stares by them.

Frankly speaking, I felt that they asked too many questions and talked too much especially on thier illness.


I got to the hot tub, as if I were getting away from a kind of meddling.

Uncovering the circular tub, I barely noticed that the water derived from hot springs, but it was not free-flowing.

Hot Tub

I tried pouring fresh springs water, and ended up failing in it since the main tap seemed to be closed.

Another square tub was out of order.


Unfortunately, it was impossible for me to put much value on this place.

The hot springs water did not look so fresh, and other experiences seemed at the other end of relaxation.

Meanwhile, I thought that such life would make the best mark as finally acquiring an ideal spa facility, even if I was threatened by old age and diseases.

My concern moved to the borrowed time of my life.

Leaving the inn, I listened in my car to Hotel California by the Eagles.

The figurative phrase echoed through my head.

You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave!

Turtleback Mesa Bed & Breakfast, Desert Hot Springs, California, USA
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