It was supposed to be a simple spring break adventure to the rejuvenated Halfway Hot Springs. Little did we know, it would turn into a wild and memorable journey. Our trusty old Jeep Wrangler 1990 had seen better days, but it was all we had to take us on this expedition.
The trip started off smoothly with a long line at the Needles ferry, but it was all downhill from there. After we passed Nakusp and turned onto the forest service road near Halfway River, we got lost. Our jeep was no match for the rough terrain, and before we knew it, the battery dislodged from its chasis and started sparking, melting, and almost catching fire!
Luckily, a friendly local who was visiting the hot springs came to our rescue and helped us navigate back to town where we were able to get a replacement battery. While the journey wasn't over yet, and it took us another 6 hours to finally get to the springs — with multiple bathroom stops and refueleling up on candy beef jerky to keep our spirits high.
As we finally reached the Halfway Hot Springs, the view was breathtaking. The hot springs were no longer the rustic, neglected pools they once were. Thanks to funding from the provincial government, the change rooms were now improved and the hot springs themselves were larger, cleaner, and more beautiful than ever before. It was like a spa escape in the wilderness.
But the highlight of our trip was yet to come. As we were sitting in the hot springs, admiring the view of the valley below, a family of black bears appeared at the edge of the forest! We watched in awe as the mother bear led her cubs down to the river for a drink. It was a moment we would never forget. Our adventure to Halfway Hot Springs was filled with unexpected twists and turns, but it was worth every moment.