Rural Life in the UP of Michigan Some stories about life on 160 rural acres in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

July 28, 2014

The Most Enjoyable 10 Minute Soak in Tepid Water All Day

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Sometimes I just need a bath. I don’t mean because I’m necessarily dirty, and showers are better for that sort of thing anyway. Sometimes I just need a soak in some hot water. A good book possibly, relaxing thoughts, the tension slowly melting from my shoulders. Sometimes at the end of a complicated day, there is nothing like a bath.

solarSometimes however, the weather just doesn’t cooperate. We try our best to use the amount of hot water that the sun gives us through our solar collector. I think there may be a pride thing going on here. After all, I designed, built, and installed this system for free hot water from the sun, and by golly, whatever it gives us is good enough. When I looked at the temperature gauge, though, it was not hot enough for a tough guy like me, so I turned on the backup hot water heater for an hour before the much needed bath.

It wasn’t enough. It was ok when I stepped into the water, but as the heat soaked in, it pretty much left, leaving a tub of mostly tepid water. I lasted for a few minutes, but common sense won out over pride, and I threw in the towel (ouch!)

I’m thinking my next strategy for soaking the tension out of my body will be a sauna, which I also designed and built. I’ll keep you posted.

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