Wish List: An Outdoor Shower


Photo courtesy of Calistoga Ranch

When I was young, my family and I got to tour a house in Big Sur that some friends were renting for the weekend. The house was huge (or at least it seemed that way then!) with floor to ceiling windows that looked out onto the cliffs and ocean as far as the eye could see. There were no neighbors around, just grassy hills and plenty of deer. There was a long jawbone of a whale on the mantle of the sunken living room fireplace (a bit 70s but guess when this was!) which I found to be very cool at the time. But the piece de resistance for me was the outdoor shower. What? You mean shower outside in a wooden enclosure with the open sky above, in full view of birds and everything? Wow. I still think about that moment of wonder. I mean I’d seen the outdoor showers at the beach where it’s just a tree of nozzles and you hose off the sand from your feet, but this… this was different.

So when I came across the photo above from the spa at Calistoga Ranch, I just knew that this was something I had to add to my wish list of things to do. Take a luxurious outdoor shower (keyword = luxury; so no hose rigged over a tree branch allowed!). Also, I’m talking about private and modest – not looking to adopt the nudist way of life (not that there’s anything wrong with that). If anyone knows of a spa in or around Sac that fits the bill please email me at web [at] sachistorichouse [dot] com.

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