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    Default Dirty Socks

    Originally posted by Sambo Johnson


    : Anyone tell me where a place that's caled Dirty Socks? It's suppose to be located not to far from a place called Keeler near the Inyo Mountains ? Any help would be appreaciated !! Thanx, A head of time !!

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    Default Re: Dirty Socks

    Originally posted by David A. Wright


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    : Dirty Sock is a hot spring on the southern shoreline of Owens Lake. It was once an improved Inyo County park, but has been abandoned since the late 70s.



    : You can easily drive to Dirty Socks with any vehicle. The turnoff is located 4.7 miles northeast of US Highway 395 on California Highway 190, then it is three-tenths of a mile north of the highway on a paved road (pavement old, broken and potholed).



    : Remains at Dirty Socks are the hot spring pool and cement patios and foundations. There are no standing structures there today.



    : I would exersize caution when using Dirty Socks. It is generally covered in a thick coating of algea and appears rather uninviting. I also fear broken glass at the bottom of the pool. However, I recently had a conversation with a buddy of mine and Dirty Socks came up and I found that he goes in whenever he goes by and has never had any problem at all. Hot spring enthusiasts generally keep hot springs clean, and other than the pond scum on Dirty Socks it may be clean on your visit.




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    Default Re: Dirty Socks

    Originally posted by Gabby Hayes


    : I am deeply offended by the name Dirty Socks Hot

    : Springs. How dare you name a spring with such a

    : digusting title. I contacted the Inyo County

    : Supervisors and they have agreed to re-name it.

    : When we drive around in our air conditioned RV,

    : complete with TV and Refrig., we do not want to

    : visit any area's that may offend us. My husband

    : and I will be re-naming all old mining sites and

    : springs so the future generations are protected

    : from the offensive past. Devils Playground? How

    : bout: Lovely Park Drive.




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    Talking dirty socks

    I am sure if you had ever visited Dirty Socks Hot Springs you would have known why it was so named. The smell of the water and gasses in the area resembles the smell of the old highschool gym and dirty socks.
    Even though it is an interesting place to stop by, even when the winds and the blowing sands are going.

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    Blechhhh bathing in a smelly, green algae soup can't possibly be good for a body?! I never even liked showering after gym class and our showers had a bit less algae than this place appears to have.


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    Default More photos

    Here's some more photos of Dirty Socks.

    http://digital-desert.com/dirty-sock-springs/

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    Thanks for the link. Dirty Socks STILL doesn't look like the kind of place I'd want to soak my old bones in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LauraA View Post
    Thanks for the link. Dirty Socks STILL doesn't look like the kind of place I'd want to soak my old bones in.
    I usually keep my 'springs' page up to date, but I forgot all about having that one in on my site.

    It reminds me of the story about Walker's men eating the dried fly larva without knowing what it was. Kinda gross, but so is the springs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahamacav View Post
    Here's some more photos of Dirty Socks.

    http://digital-desert.com/dirty-sock-springs/

    these pictures actually look a lot more inviting than the ones I saw in George williams book "Hot springs of the Eastern Sierras".
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    Quote Originally Posted by High Desert Drifter View Post
    these pictures actually look a lot more inviting than the ones I saw in George williams book "Hot springs of the Eastern Sierras".
    Thanks. I should get that book. I had read somewhere that the name originated from miners washing the socks used to strain mercury from amalgam balls (I'm not sure of the process). I think a more logical origin is it smells like dirty socks- wildly. I didn't stay for a soak.

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