Franklin Hot Springs, California

In my childhood, the time was felt longer than now.

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.

Franklin Hot Springs

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

Signboard

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

Entrance

Franklin family purchased the land in the 1950s.

Small Tub

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

Large Pool1

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

Large Pool2

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.

Roaring Water

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

Large Pool3

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.

Circular Tub1

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.

Circular Tub2

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
My Favorites[3/5]
Walk-inYes (8:00am – 10:00pm)
LodgingNo
Official WebsiteYes

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Ken Springfield