Yesterday, Erica, Nick, Jake and I went to Bozeman for the day. On the way, we dropped Erica's car at a repair shop in Livingston and I brought mine in for a transmission flush in Belgrade. After my car was finished, we headed into Bozeman for lunch at a delicious sushi restaurant, Dave's Off Main. After lunch, we spent the afternoon downtown, checking out the cute little shops and just hanging out. I was really tempted to buy a raffle ticket for this Volvo 240 full of outdoor gear.
At around 5:30, we left Bozeman for Chico Hot Springs, a resort located on the way back to Yellowstone. It was Laura, one of our dormmates' birthday, and she invited us all out to Chico to celebrate. Pretty much everyone from the dorms met out there, which was great. Chico pumps water from a hot spring on their property to a large swimming pool and a smaller hot tub. There is no chlorine or chemical in the water, and they empty and refill the water daily. We had a delicious dinner at the restaurant there before soaking in the naturally heated pools until they closed at 11 PM.
Afterwards, we got changed into dry clothes and went down to the bar, where a live funk/reggae band was playing. We stayed out until the bar closed at 2, and I have to say that was the most fun I have had since being here in Yellowstone! Chico is only 30 minutes from the park, and I am sure I will go back to soak after some long, hard hikes. I am also thinking of doing something similar for my birthday, which is coming up at the end of the month.