See yesterday's post for an introduction to Yosemite Bug, an eco-hostel in Midpines, California, with big perks.
Minutes after moving my luggage into my room, I headed to the resort’s spa, located under the café (more on the café tomorrow). I walked on the deck area past the funky (in the cool sense, not the dirty sense) giant stainless steel hot-tub (seats 15!), the doors to the tiled area flung open so guests can enjoy the breeze and view. I checked in for my 30-minute session ($40) with Derek, warning him that I was especially tender from the race that morning. He gave me a thorough and extremely relaxing massage using California-produced Blue Oak Ayurveda products. As we chatted about our shared farm backgrounds (mine on a corn and soybean family farm in Iowa, his on an almond and watermelon farm in California), he worked out my tense muscles. I highly recommend Derek if you’re a ticklish fellow runner who also can’t undergo a foot massage without twitching and laughing. He did the impossible: got feet totally worked out without one giggle. That’s a first for me.
Afterward, I soaked in one of the spa’s claw-footed Jacuzzi tubs. The spa receptionist kindly told me there weren’t any appointments after me so I could stay in longer than my reserved 30-minute time slot ($20). I relaxed as the herbal bundle steeped. I chose “Ginger Reprieve,” which promised to “energize the muscles while alleviating pain” with ginger, oatstraw, and chamomile. It worked. The proof? Getting dressed was relatively painless, which usually isn’t the case after a long race for me. I usually groan as I stretch and contort to put on my shoes without aggravating my tight hamstrings. Long story short: The spa experience was the highlight of my visit.
Tomorrow, I’ll give you the inside scoop on the Yosemite Bug café. In a (vegan) nutshell? Yummy veggie options and some of the best eavesdropping I’ve ever experienced.