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The Other Side of Insanity | Maple Grove Hot Springs

What's on the other side of insanity?⁠

⁠As an off-grid outpost where even the mildest Winter challenges every aspect of our existence, this year's test will be one for our books. ⁠

⁠Over the last month, nearly all of our energy has been redirected toward what feels like something unprecedented. ⁠

To the neighbors, it's an every 30-year season. To us and frequent guests, it's simply a winter world unlike anything we've experienced. ⁠

⁠We've dug out more cars than we can count, shoveled off paths, roofs, and yurts, and even shoveled off our shovels. ⁠

⁠Today alone, our generator called it quits, the River House roof started to leak, and we are beginning to see that once Spring arrives, we may have a new sheriff in town.... one called flooding. ⁠

⁠And yet, we are reminded of what we learned years ago, that our real job isn't to fix the chaos. It's to make a cozy, long-term love affair with the chaotic process itself. ⁠

⁠A process where nearly everything we touch fights back. In rural land, it's a peace we all have to make. ⁠

⁠The barns are built and rebuilt and rebuilt again. The fields are plowed, and planted, and plowed, and planted. A drought one day means fire the next. A rain right after means a flood is sure to follow. ⁠

⁠Every day, something is willing itself into decay. ⁠

⁠To fight the waves is to ride straight INTO insanity. Rather, to ride the waves after waiting for them patiently is to ride straight THROUGH insanity. ⁠

⁠And what's on the other side of insanity? ⁠

⁠Peace. Peace and hot springs with 24-hour access. ⁠

⁠Drive safe and tell Spring we're excited to get reacquainted. ⁠

⁠⁠Photo: Torylynn

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