The mission: Find and taste every spring in the Saratoga area in upstate NY. The score: A failing grade. I was able to sample a mere 7 out of 18 springs. Granted this one would have been a bit difficult to sample. I mean who would expect me to climb on wet rocks to taste a geyser?
Then there was this one. Again – no. I’m not going to crawl on the ground to drink out of a rock. My crawling on the ground is strictly limited to playing with my grandson or scrubbing the kitchen floor.
Fortunately for my readers, there were many that had actual taps. I failed to drive around with a glass in the car so we had to resort to cupping our hands. For most of the springs, that was more than sufficient.
Our first 2 samples… Okay, my first 2 samples because no one else was daring enough, were both near the geyser. Sample #1 was surprisingly heavy on the effervescent and quite salty. Not as salty as a mouth of ocean water but still, pretty salty.
Sample number 2 was nearby. I knew this would be an interesting one because, as we approached it, we were greeted by a strong sulfur aroma. Sure enough, it was both bubbly and had a sulfur taste. They say the springs have medicinal value but I can’t imagine anyone drinking much of the sulfur water.
My next samplings were in the High Rock area, not far from a fabulous farmer’s market (side note: the chicken pot pie we bought for dinner was fabulous). The first set of springs were a bit less bubbly and less salty than the prior day but still not palatable. Another spring, a bit further down near a 9/11 Memorial was perfect, especially on a hot day after climbing some steep steps. No odd taste, just pure cool water.
Being distracted from all sorts of other things like horses, old books, and food, I failed to keep an accurate record with the names of all the springs I tried and their features. The best one, though, I remember well. It could be spotted from afar because it was swamped by people filling up jugs. Directly opposite the Automobile Museum stood the best of the springs: State Seal.