Friday, March 13, 2015

Swimming in a Volcano........ kind of :)

Inside "The Crater" at the Homestead (I didn't take this picture)
Outside........ I didn't take this picture either ;)  

The Crater is a geothermal spring, hidden within a 55-foot tall, beehive-shaped limestone rock located on the Homestead property.
Over 10,000 years in the making, The Crater formed when melting snow on the Wasatch Mountains seeped deep within the earth. Two miles below the surface, the earth’s interior heated the water. As it percolated upward, it picked up minerals, which were then deposited on the surface -- eventually forming the volcano-shaped limestone deposit called The Homestead Crater.
The hole at the top of the dome lets in sunlight and fresh air while the interior stays heated by the mineral water at a constant range of 90 – 96 degrees Fahrenheit.

I told the kids they would be swimming in a Volcano........I guess I wasn't technically correct :)

Just before we went in
They had the life jackets, and it wasn't too crowded.  There were only a half dozen other people there beside us. 
I got in, but Roger D stayed out and took pics :)
All of the kids except Thatcher tried snorkeling.  It just amazes me how unafraid they are, and how natural they take to it.  It would be so amazing for each of them to have a mask, and be somewhere where there were actually  fish they could see.  Maybe one of these days we can all go to Hawaii or the Caribbean together.  I would love that. 
It was fun to swim over to the edges of the CRATER, and touch the walls.  They looked like mini stalagtites hanging off. 
Afterwards, we went to Dairy Keen and had supper.  Can you believe they put fake beards in the kids' meals?   Strange.....

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