Franklin Hot Springs, California

Why does time seem to speed up with age?

At a rustic spa facility out of step of times, feel the time passing.

Morro Rock

A port town, Morro Bay is located just at the middle point between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

On the shoreline, there is a strange rocky hill.

Morro Rock

Photo by Mike Trimble – Morro Rock (2018) / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The 581-foot Morro Rock is geologically classified as a volcanic plug.

It is considered that volcanic activities 30 million years ago raised the magma, and it went solid in the vent.

Deeply Held Values

It is 40 minutes’ drive from Morro Bay to Paso Robles.

At the edge of the sophisticated town with many wineries, you will find a hippie-style shack that seems to have different values.


Franklin family purchased the land in the 1950s.

An oil company leased the premises, drilled the ground, and  found hot springs instead.

Since then the family has maintained the homemade-looking spa facility.

Large Pool

The huge pool becomes deeper with distance from the water outlet, so that even adults cannot reach the bottom.

You will notice the characteristic oil smell with the dark green water.

Water Outlet

The water temperature is relatively tepid, around 99 degrees F around at the source.

The unique water outlet looks like a mining machinery with eight faucets.

Roaring Water

Many soakers was enjoying mud bath daubing deposits at the bottom of the pool on their bodies.

I personally felt that it lacked cleanliness, so I spent most of time in this hot tub.

Small Tub

The tub is small enough to maintain the water clean and the fresh water contains bubbles due to the gas content.

From the place out of step of times, I was watching cars go by.

Time seems to speed up with age.

I wonder if I can continue to turn fresh eyes on the world.

Franklin Hot Springs, Paso Robles, California, USA
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Ken Springfield