Mercey Hot Springs, California

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Welcome sign

We thought Magen would come with me and Kuya Bob to the Mercey Hot Springs tomorrow, but she made a last minute decision of not going. So Kuya Bob and I hasten in getting ready and drove to the spring which was an hour and 15 minute via I-5 and exit to Little Panoche Road.

From there its 13 miles to the middle of nowhere. We park at the empty parking and walk to the old white house, which lay in ruins. Then we walked and crossed the bridge on top of Seasonal creek, and came upon the small office building made of stone, with mission revival architecture.

We took a couple of pictures at the Registration Office until the man came and entertained us. The charge is $40 per person for 4 hours use, and it was more expensive due to the facts of the Memorial Weekend.  The usual is $30 half a day and $40 for whole day use until 7pm. Anyway we paid and given instructions.

We first went to the pool behind the office. We changed to our swim shorts and first went to sauna and relaxed. The sauna was cleaned and organized, outside the door there were shelves where you can put your belongings, and the adjustable temperature.

After that we went out and looked at the Therapeutic Hot Tubs directly behind it and saw a woman on one of the tubs, and we decided to go the pool where there was a couple enjoying the heat of the sun. The sun was up but the wind was cool so we waste no time jumping on the warm waters of the springs.  As we swim here is the history of the springs as state on their website.

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The old hotel

“Mercey Hot Springs is located in the northwest corner of Fresno County approximately 13 miles west of I-5 on Little Panoche Rd. (A.k.a. J1). Little Panoche Rd. was originally a stage coach route used by many of the early California pioneers in particular those people that were doing business with the nearby, New Idria (Quicksilver) mine. The Hot Springs was known about by native Indians as recorded as early as 1848.

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Old picture of the hot springs

The springs was shown to a man “John N. Merci” who acquired the land for the purpose of raising sheep. Merci, who had his name changed to “Mercy” to be more Americanized, and opened the resort in 1900. He sold the property in 1912 to Frederick Bourn, a San Francisco based real estate developer who is responsible for the construction of many of the building still existing today and now being renovated by the current owners.”

Then we decided to go take a hike up to other Therapeutic Hot tubs, passing by the old hotel which was now under renovation. It wasn’t that long before we reached the enclosed tubs where there was a sign of “Clothing is optional,” if someone was present we would be force to strip or leave but fortunately we had everything to ourselves.

We took our spots and turned the water on and mix the cold and hot. We lay down and talk of random things underneath the shade of a giant tree and umbrellas. it was so serene and quiet the only thing you could hear was the sound of the wind and the squirrels running around. We stayed for an hour then shower at one inside the area and we went down the hill. Here is the rest of the history.

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Squirrel!

“The buildings constructed included a hotel, an annex to the hotel and seven cabins – The hotel burned down sometime in the mid 1930’s at which time a building (known as the bath house) was built and the soaking tubs (used in the annex) were moved into the bath house. Later still, the south end of the hotel was modified to have a complete restaurant and a swimming pool was installed as well as an RV Park.

We said goodbye to the lady cleaning around the area, and we moved back to the car. Satisfied with our four hour stay and the experience we had, the Mercey Hot Springs was a nice place to visit if you are within the area. Go on a regular day where there are few people and less expensive and you will have the time of your life.

Here is the link for more information:

http://www.highdesertdrifter.com/merceyhot.shtml

 

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Say Cheez!

 

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