Hot Springs Near Shala Lake
by John Downey
Water bubbling from the Earth, steam hissing from vents in the sand. Hot enough to make you wince. 97°C and just below boiling. Locals cook ears of corn; husks strewn about the springs.
Artificially-made pools allow water to cool… a bit.
Some fill thermoses and cups from the boiling source. “It cleans disease and discomfort,” one local guide told us. And then some.