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Connie Cook
Deputy Chief, Pagosa Springs Medical Center, Emergency Medical Services
Pagosan since 1998

Why do you live in Pagosa Springs?

The natural beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities are what originally drew me to Pagosa, the people are the reason I’ve made it my home.

What is your favorite soaking pool at The Springs?

Clouds in My Coffee – I like the bird’s eye view from this tub and it’s usually right in the temperature range I like.

Are you a podcast or book person? What is your latest?

What’s got your interest right now? Book person for sure.  I usually have a few books going at a time.  I just finished the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, it was a great read to get lost in an alternate fantasy world.  I just started reading Primal Leadership, a book building on the importance of emotional intelligence in our professional lives and the impacts on successful leadership.  On deck is “Imagine – How Creativity Works” by Jonah Lehrer.  I’m a voracious reader and learner, my library card is one of my most powerful tools.

What is your daily wellness regimen?

I do my best to move as much as possible daily.  3-4 times per week in the summer I go for a run/hike on Reservoir HIll and then go soak at the hot springs to start my day.  I also love to mountain bike and hike all over our beautiful neck of the woods.  Spending time outside is the foundation of my wellness regime.  I follow the sage advice of Michael Pollan – eat food, not too much, mostly plants.  To manage stress I try to laugh as much as possible, surround myself with excellent people, and stay on the positive end of the spectrum.

Why would you recommend Soaking to a friend?

It’s one of Pagosa’s unique and most valued treasures, something to really experience the roots and culture of the area.  Soaking just feels good and is a great way to relieve stress and take some time to take care of yourself.  The staff at the Springs are very friendly and provide excellent customer service.

Jordan and Stephanie Stratton
Hometown: Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Occupation: Entrepreneur and 4th Grade School Teacher

Why do you live in Pagosa Springs?

We moved to Pagosa in 2004 to be closer to our favorite Hot Spring. We love the community and the access to year-round adventures. Since home is where the heart is, we decided to move to Pagosa. We enjoyed soaking so much that we now create custom robes that I ship around the world to fellow hot spring enthusiasts.

What is your favorite soaking pool at The Springs?

Serendipity. Hands down, and without a doubt. The views from the pool are different every day. Plus being next to the river creates an ambience that you don’t get to feel in some of the other pools. It is our daughter’s favorite pool too. She likes to cheer on the tubers when they coast by.

Are you a podcast or book person? What is your latest?

We are reading the The Well Gardened Mind. Its a fascinating read about the restorative power of nature. I prefer a good book while I soak while Stephanie is more of a podcast or lounging music type of soaker. There is something soothing about a quality paperback and a hot spring. Ill take it everyday of the week if I could!

What is your daily wellness regimen?

My routine starts with a bold cup of coffee. I know its not thought of in a traditional wellness sense, but its what I need to get up and going. Once I have had that, it is on to some work with a walk after my lunch. To me it is important to immerse myself in nature at least once a day. I wouldn’t know what to do without it.

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