We have been in a period of hot weather here this week. They are telling us that it is most unusual for the temperature to get this high this early in the year. We’ve topped out at 98 each day and our air conditioning has been running quite a bit to keep us comfortable. Yesterday we went into the little town of Soap Lake to pick up some groceries. While shopping we came across a couple of blow-up cushions that we thought we would enjoy floating on when we got back to the campground. Earlier in the morning we had walked out to the shore of Soap Lake, took off our flip-flops and went into the water…water with about 6 to8 inches of sticky mud… The water is warm because of the shallow depth of the water and the fine-sticky mud sitting just 6 inches under the surface. You can walk out in the water about 100 yards and you will most likely be deep enough to finally swim. Each and every step is taken with a “squishy” feeling as you put pressure down onto the new foot print and then there is the “sucking” sound as you pull it up to take the next step. The water feels “silky”. When you put your hand in it, it almost feels like you have just taken a bar of soap and started to wash your hands. My legs felt like I had suntan lotion on them throughout the whole day. They say that when you swim it is like you are swimming on the very top of the water, you never seem to sink. And then they tell us of the healing qualities of the water and the mud. The stories are told by just about everyone that you come in contact with…one person healed to a whole group being healed because of the water and mud of Soap Lake. An interesting note about the water is that it has minerals and other elements that float at different levels. If your looking for mineral “X” you find it on level 3 (just kidding), but those who know say it does lay in a number of different levels and doesn’t permanently mix.
Well so far we haven’t taken our swim in the lake but we will before we leave, I promise.
Friday night we purchased tickets for an off Broadway play in town. It was called See How They Run by Phillip King. It was a British satire. A little slow in getting started but as it went on, it got funnier and funnier. Overall it was worth the time and money and we would recommend it to anyone who is suffering by not having any culture around them for a long period. Last night we went to one of the most popular “eateries”. Don’s has been here in Soap Lake for quite a few years and is “the“ spot for the locals to gather for a Friday or Saturday night dinner. We got there about 7 and didn’t get our dinner until after 8. It was good, but not worth writing home about. We did have an “interesting” bottle of wine. It was called “Working Girl Wine”. The name should have warned me… The last couple of mornings we went over to the clubhouse here at the campground for breakfast. For what they were charging, we couldn’t do it at home. The rest of the day was spent sitting around the pool and meeting and chatting with the rest of the campers. There aren’t too many of us here. I would guess that maybe 25 units out of a possible 140.