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.