Terwilliger Hot Spring is great. Rather than fight its popularity, the forest service helps to maintain the spring. A day use fee helps pay for cleaning and upkeep.
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Terwilliger has a high flow rate so the water is quite pure; not as stagnate as other hot springs. One meets lots of interesting people there. As I ride, I am in solitude, much of the way, so I enjoy the socialization of the spring.
There are many good looking naked men there; I notice that being a gay man myself. Most of the people are not gay, but people tend to be mellow and fairly open minded at places like this. There are both men and women at the spring. Even if one were totally blind, and couldn't see all the attractive people, the conversations, around the pools, are far more interesting than what one would likely hear in a bar.
One of the attractive people, I met, was a young city council person from back east. He was out west visiting friends. Too bad he was just leaving as I got there, but it's all in the role of the dice. There were many other interesting people and topics tumbling around in the fresh air.
It seems easy to join in to any of several conversations taking place around the pools. Find out where people have been traveling, who is planning to move to Oregon, what someone thinks of their career plans, why someone decided to quit their high profile computer job.
I even met someone from Bellingham
there; someone I haven't seen since even though he lives near me.
Interesting how one can meet at a hot spring, but not in normal life.
From my letters in Bellingham
Herald, late 1990s
Call it Nudeworking instead of Networking
The Whatcom County Council was foolish when it voted to ban nude sunbathing at Teddy Bear Cove near Bellingham. In this fast-paced society; nude beaches could be replacing the corner store as the place where people stop and visit.
When I was on a bicycle trip around Washington and Oregon; last summer; I found that nude hot springs and saunas were among the best spots to visit with local people. At times they seemed like the only places where conversation was longer than the quick "thank you" after something is sold at a cash register.
Near Eugene; Ore. I visited a wonderful place called Terwilliger Hot Spring. It is jointly maintained by the U.S. Forest service and a volunteer citizen group called "Friends of the Hot Spring."
At times it seemed like the only place I got to see people outside their automobiles. Friendly visits at the spring gave me a better feel for the people of that area than I would have received if all I had seen of the people was their cars zipping past me on the road all day.Instead of networking; this experience could be called "nudeworking."
On a bike, one
does meet lots of friendly people along the way. After visiting
the spring, I headed down the Mckenzie River toward Eugene. Stopping
at this cafe, with a nice deck out over the river, I met these friendly
river rafters. Everyone in the cafe seemed interested in my trip.
Out the McKenzie Highway, just east of Eugene, Oregon, is Cougar Dam. It is a tall "earthen fill" dam. Scroll down to see earthen fill structure.
Looking downstream, powerhouse below.
Looking south from top of Cougar Dam at reservoir. Cougar Dam is located several miles south of the Mckenzie Highway east of Eugene Oregon.
Face of Cougar Dam
Looking down toward mostly drained cougar reservoir.