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Special Vocabulary or Expressions Used


a thought cross my mind1 – An expression to say you thought of something, usually an idea that you haven’t thought about much but you want to discuss.

  • The thought crossed my mind that I would like to paint the kitchen one day.
  • Yesterday I had a thought cross my mind and I was thinking about where we were going to go on our next vacation.


right2 – The word right has many different contexts. In the conversation today it was used to mean ‘in this area’ or so say the hot springs very close to us.

  • Your phone is right here.
  • The store right in our neighborhood, you can walk to it in 3 minutes.


overnight lows3 – A common weather expression that talks about the lowest temperature at night. The daytime high is the highest temperature of the day.

  • In the middle of winter, the overnight lows can get down to -30 in our area.
  • The daytime high for tomorrow will be 30 degrees, let’s go to the beach.


Transcription (Text)

Curtis: Today we’re going to be talking all about hot springs, which is one of our favorite things. How you doing today, Amy?

Amy:  I’m pretty good. How are you?

Curtis:  I’m doing pretty good as well.

Amy:  Well, that’s good. Yeah, this morning I woke up, it was a little bit of a cooler morning because we had some rain overnight. And as we were eating breakfast, I had a thought cross my mind1 as, ah, today would be a good day to go to the hot springs.

 Curtis:  Yeah.

Amy:  But unfortunately we don’t have hot springs right2 in our area. Where are the hot springs, the closest hot springs to where we live?

Curtis:  The closest hot springs are in an area called the Kootenays, up in the mountainous regions.  

Amy:  Um-hum. So how many hours?

Curtis:  I would say five…

Amy:  Yeah…

Curtis:  …approximately.

Amy:  Yeah. About four, I think. Four hours it takes to drive to Nakusp. So, anyway, we were talking about the last trip that we did to the hot springs. And that was when we went camping last fall. I think we went to Box Lake, it’s called.

 Curtis:  Yeah. And…

Amy:  What time of year was it?

 Curtis:  It was in the fall. In October, I believe.  

Amy:  Is it normal to be camping in October?

Curtis:  No, it’s pretty cold in October, usually, but for some reason, it was really nice when we went.

Amy:  Yeah. I remember looking at the weather forecast and seeing that, oh, hey, you know, it’s going to be between 21 and 25 degrees, for some reason, in the middle of October. And the overnight lows3 were going to be down around 12 or 13 degrees. And I thought I think we should go camping. Let’s just bring a car full of blankets and, you know, long pants and long johns and toques and gloves and everything that we could possibly need in case we’re cold.

 Curtis:  Yeah. And we were more than prepared.

Amy:  But were we cold?

Curtis:  No. We weren’t cold at all.

Amy:  No, it wasn’t any worse than camping in the summertime. Like it was…it was really strange. We have a preference for the type of hot springs that we like to go to. So what are the commercial hot springs like?

Curtis:  Well, they’re man-made. They built pools
Amy:  Right. To hold the hot water that’s coming from a hot water source somewhere, usually out of the mountain, near where the hot springs are.

Curtis:  Yeah. They’re not heated by a heater or anything. They’re heated from the natural water.

Amy:  The hot water that’s coming out of the ground.  

Curtis:  And they charge an admission, they’re not free like the natural ones. And…

Amy:  Do they have just one pool?

Curtis:  They usually have two or three.  

Amy:  Some of them have one pool, but most of them have two or three pools, sometimes four. And…

 Curtis:  They’ll have a really hot one, a medium warm one…

 Amy:  Yeah. One you can sit in for a really long time, like it’s at your body temperature, almost. So it’s just really comfortable to sit in, you don’t get too hot, you’re not cold. And then they usually have one special one, if you need to cool down quickly. What’s that like?

 Curtis:  It’s freezing cold ice water. It’s called a cold plunge.

 Amy:  And what is it supposed to do? What’s the benefit of jumping in freezing cold water when you’re really hot?

Curtis:  It’s supposed to help with your circulation.

 Amy:  Um-hum. I don’t know…I don’t know if I believe it. I think it’s really unpleasant. For me personally, jumping into cold water is not my favorite thing to do. But…

Curtis:  Have you been in a cold plunge?

Amy:  I’ve done it, yeah. But I don’t like it so I’m…I don’t do it anymore. So this is very typical of the commercial hot springs that they have available, but although we’ve been to the commercial hot springs, what is our preference?

Curtis:  Our preference is the natural hot springs.

Amy:  Um-hum. So the natural hot springs are usually in the middle of the forest somewhere. And you have to hike in to access them. And people from the community generally have done something to, like either they build up rocks around the area and try to contain the hot water that’s maybe seeping out of a rock or something like that. Or they dig a hole. Like the one at St. Leon, they actually have a cement base that somebody must have created 50 or 60 years ago. And it’s in the middle of the forest, in the middle of nowhere. And…

Curtis:  Yeah. And it’s a tub.

Amy:  Yes. It’s really cool


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