Re: Questionable people in Saline Valley?

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Posted by Trevor Tarr on April 30, 2002 at 12:52:07:

In Reply to: Questionable people in Saline Valley? posted by Marek Cichanski on April 30, 2002 at 02:23:38:

There was some similar discussion recently
regarding "generally negative stories about the
quality of people who frequent the springs," to
which I replied ... and I'll do so again here.

I spend a lot of long weekends camping at the
Saline Valley hot springs, soaking, relaxing, and
chatting with all those people who've inexplicably
inspired "negative" stories.

For what it's worth, I've never had trouble of ANY
sort at the springs. I leave my campsite
unattended for hours at a time. I rarely lock my
Land Rover. Nothing has ever disappeared. On the
contrary, it's pretty common for a fellow camper
who I've never met before to randomly show up with
a pot of chili to share, or extra Dutch oven
cornbread, or a bottle of wine. Folks at the
springs are generally very friendly.

I describe a lot of them as "expatriates from the
mainstream." They're generally not the sort
you'll meet at Furnace Creek, for instance. They
are eclectic, often eccentric, sometimes downright
whacky. I don't always agree with the politics,
spiritualism, or conspiracy theorizing I hear
there. But that's all part of the enjoyable

At the springs, I have never encountered behavior
that was even remotely sinister, malicious, or
threatening. Neither myself or any of my
companions has ever been hassled.

As long as you're prepared for an offbeat vibe
well outside the mainstream, a fair share of
"alternative" sensibility, all shapes and
sizes of naked peeps, and (this time of year)
brutal temperatures, you'll be just fine.

Happy soaking!

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