Saturday was Anya’s birthday. We did a little weekend getaway to Suncadia, a resort over on the eastern slope of the Cascade mountains. It’s apparently a popular golf resort in the summer, but it’s pretty slow in the winter. There are activities like cross-country skiing & snowshoeing available, but – this being Anya’s weekend – we didn’t do any of that.

Suncadia’s other claim to fame is having one of the best spas in Washington. I’m not in a position to judge that claim, but it was very, very nice. There are three outdoor salt pools – cold, warm, and hot, to lounge around in. There’s a cedar sauna reminiscent of the one Anya’s parents have in Belarus, and a eucalyptus steam room that felt a little like stepping into a hot bottle of Vick’s Vapo-Rub.

You pick which type of heat you want: dry, steamy, or hot bath. You stay there until you can’t take in any more, go jump into the cold plunge pool, then relax in the calm lounge area for a while, and repeat. Add a massage into the mix and, after two straight days of this you basically have no stress or tension left in your body. It was great.

It would be more than a little creepy to take pictures at a place like that, so you’ll have to trust me when I say that it was really nice. It’s less than 90 minutes’ drive from Seattle, so I have a feeling we’ll be going back there.


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