Sunday, May 18, 2008

Almost Heaven

No, I haven't moved to West Virginia, but I did just step out of my new little hot tub. Gee, if I'd known it would be this relaxing I would have gotten one a long time ago.

I'm taking an extended vacation, and made an executive decision that instead of going somewhere exotic, I'd just bring what I most look forward to while I'm on vacation to me instead.

I've recently spent a lot of time and money renovating my home, and it's very comfortable being here. My job involves a lot of travel, so for me it doesn't really seem like a vacation to pack a bag and get on an airplane.

So for about half what I would have spent on airfare and hotel costs I purchased a portable hot tub. The other advantage is that for not a lot of money I get to test whether or not I would actually use one, if I had a more permanent set up.

Well, based on the test run just complete, it was definitely money well spent.

The dogs were playing in the backyard, I was watching a movie on the television in my back room (former storage area, now comfortable living space), while the water bubbled around me and I hadn't packed a single bag ... sigh ... it was heaven!


Boxer rebel said...

That is a great treat for yourself BAC. Good for you.

Freida Bee said...

Oh, and it's cute. I love hot tubs. Good for you!

Howling Latina said...

Hey BAC, saw your name at The Confluence and wanted to give you a 'shout-out.'

BAC said...

Boxer & Freida Bee - Thanks!

Howling Latina - great to see you again! Thanks for stopping by!


Sue J said...

We saw those in a catalog and wondered how well they work -- sounds like they do the trick! (I especially like the palms -- nice touch!)

Mary Ellen said...

Wow, I've never seen a portable hot tub before! My brother has a permanent hot tub and uses it all year round...but he lives in Georgia and the winters aren't as severe as they are in Chicago.

I'll have to look into one of those. Right now we have pool in our backyard,but now that the kids are grown and gone, it rarely gets used. When we get those hot spells in the Chicago area that could last for more than a week...the pool is one big hot tub. Not as much fun, bubbles!


Dean Wormer said...

Can I ask- what do those run as far as $?

BAC said...

SueJ, I must confess. The photo is from an online ad. My hot tub looks like the one in the photo, but is set up just off my deck in the yard, as the deck isn't strong enough to support it.

Here's the scoop. The instructions say it takes 10 minutes to assemble, but this first time it took me around 20. About 10 minutes into the process my neighbor stopped by, so we actually set it up together. It's much easier with a second pair of hands, but you could set it up alone.

I let the water heat overnight, to about 100 degrees. It will heat to as high as 104, but I don't like really hot water.

There is a ring of jets around the bottom of the tub, more than 100, that bubble the water when you flip the switch. It will bubble for 15 minutes before automatically shutting off.

It's been in the high 60's to low 70's here, and the air for the bubbles isn't heated, so it cools the water down about 3 degrees each time you turn it on.

I hopped in this morning for about an hour, before I decided to get out to let the water reheat.

It should be back up to 100 in a couple of hours.

I shopped around online before deciding to get it from Spa Depot. The online prices range from $900 down to $599 (without the chemicals you will need). The chemicals run around $80. Spa Depot offered the hot tub, chemicals and free shipping for $650, but they don't seem to have it listed today so maybe it was just a limited offer. Google "Spa2Go" for other listings.

I give it two thumbs up.