i am an unrequited astronomer, pretend patient, gentle adventurer, pedal enthusiast, recovering calligrapher, occasional thespian and unfinished poet living in portland, oregon. contacting me via email is usually a good idea.
11:03 PM: steamy
sven & i went to löyly today, a swedish sauna/spa just south of clinton that elizabeth recommended. it's the kind of place that gives you a robe, towels & sandals. after a brief embarrassing moment about whether one was supposed to wear swimsuits or not (for coed days, the answer is most definitely "yes"), we alternated between the sauna, tea, cold showers, magazines, the steam room, and snacks. the steam room was a little claustrophobic and amazingly hot & loud; i couldn't take it for very long.
we outlasted everyone else; we were there for almost 3 hours. afterwards, i felt relaxed and invigorated all at once, without the heaviness and tiredness i associate with hot tubs. they also offer massages, and i could see how that would be the perfect way to end it.