West end of the Extraterrestrial Highway.
There were strange and beautiful hot springs that did not seem to belong to the earth.
Pool that fills up on its own
Nevada State Route 375, which passes near Area 51 and is the site of many UFO sightings, has been officially named an Extraterrestrial Highway by the state.
The point where Nevada State Route 375 and Route 6 intersect in a T-shape.
Only ruins remain there, but there used to be a settlement.
The first white settlers arrived in the area in 1866.
It was used as a stagecoach stopover point, and the pool that utilized the thermal that gushed out naturally had been a popular destination for travelers.
However, as road conditions improved, the number of people stopping by declined, and around 1980 this area became a complete ghost town.
The geothermal water still flowed down a channel from the rocky hill behind.
Around the waterway, mineral deposits precipitated so thickly that it looked as if there was snow on the ground.
The water, which was about 140 degrees F at the gushing point, was naturally cooled during its passage through the channel to about 104 degrees F.
It was pouring into the pool on its own, just from the natural elevation.
Extraterrestrial soaking experience
The ruins of the pool, surrounded by wire mesh, were unlocked and free to enter and exit, although there were several signs suggesting that it was private property.
The inside was not ransacked, and a drum was used as a trash can.
Steps were provided in the pool, which were dilapidated but still usable.
The wooden shed by the pool was a changing room.
I did not know if they were separate for men and women, but I was able to use them as if they were an active facility.
When I fearfully plunged myself into the water, I was surprised at the sensation when my feet touched the bottom.
Fluffy as if walking on cotton.
It turned out that the fluffy deposits at the bottom apparently contributed to its beautiful turquoise appearance.
Contrary to the characteristic color, no particular odor was detected.
As I approached the drain, the pool was so deep that even adults could not get their feet to the bottom.
I finally felt as if I had been thrown off the planet.