When can you say that you know a thing?
Children full of curiosity start assuming a know-it-all attitude as they grow up.
At a lesser-known hot spring in the mountains, think about the philosophical question.
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Here is a great shrine room that Ancestral Puebloans, one of the roots of American Indians established in the 11th centuries.
Different from Azteca, Maya, and Inca in Latin America, many people tend to think that North America in the early stage lacks a high civilization, focusing on the hunting and gathering.
History is written by the victors, so that it is sometimes difficult to recognize that you are not aware of the truth.
Sightly Outdoor Pools
It is three hours’ drive from the archeological site, Chaco canyon to get to a hot spring near Jemez Springs.
The five miles dirt road is horribly rough.
After leaving the car, you have ten minutes’ hiking.
Climbing the steep slope, you will see steam rising in the right.
Finally, you will find outdoor baths whose water is overflowed from a concrete well.
It is said that in the 1930s the Civil Conservation Corps (CCC) created this well and tubs at the beginning.
CCC was a public work relief program that operated during the Great Depression in the United States for unemployed, unmarried men.
After the beginning of World War II, the need for work relief declined, and Congress voted to close the program.
Gallons of hot water are provided to tubs with the roaring.
The water temperature is moderate (106 degrees F).
No one cleans and manages this place, but the great water flow prevents algae growth, so that the water looks extremely clean.
There are other hot springs in the wilderness near Jemez Springs, but either of them lacks sufficient amount of freshwater.
I got a kind of sense of wonder knowing this unique place rich in the water input.
One of the lessons that you can learn from Socratic philosophy seems that to realize the fact that you do not know a thing is the source of joys of life.
Even if I spend the rest of my life visiting every hot springs in the world, it cannot be achieved, but assuming the know-it-all attitude can be done today.
At that moment, I may feel my life wasted.
San Antonio Hot Springs, Jemez Springs, New Mexico, U.S.
- Walk-in: Yes
- Lodging: No