Friday, February 19, 2010

Tecopa--Tiny Place, Big Soul

I had heard about Tecopa and its hot springs from friends, so I jumped at the chance to go there and take part in a poetry reading. Tecopa is located on an ancient lakebed in the Amargosa Valley. The above photo shows Grimshaw Lake on the far side of town.

After a leisurely drive through the Mojave Preserve, Phyllis and I checked into the Tecopa Hot Springs Resort. Here's the combined office/art gallery. The gallery was having a Spoken Word exhibit with poems posted on the walls.

Rooms at the resort have been newly redone and come with 24/7 access to hot tubs filled with amazingly silky mineral water. Apparently the water at Baden Baden has the same silky texture. And this is so much closer to home!

The poetry reading took place in Pastel's Bistro, where Chef John Muccio makes the most incredible food I've enjoyed anywhere in the desert. Here are John and resort owner Amy Noel. They'll take great care of you when you visit!

The poetry reading brought together a roomful of fascinating people. We met Brian Brown, owner of the China Ranch Date Farm; Mary Burke-King, who runs the Tecopa Basin Artists Group; John Salacan and Asyra Ivanova, both poets, who live in nearby Pahrump, Nevada and operate a book restoration business, Salacan Studio, as well as White Raven Press; a fellow who recited the prologue of the Canterbury Tales in the original Middle English; a recorder player from Los Angeles who treated us to music on bass and tenor recorders; and more!

Phyllis bought an otherworldly photo taken by Amy titled "Sustenance," which shows an avocado viewed through a window on a rainy day. We left this gem of a place knowing that we'll be back!