On January 4th, I went to downtown Carlsbad, CA where I had
previously spotted this unusual building with a gothic-style water
dispenser kiosk in front. It's the Carlsbad Mineral Water Spa. The
story is that a well was discovered in 1882 by Captain John Frazier.
The water was found to have health benefits and locals decided to name
the wells after the healing waters from Karlsbad, Bohemia. The Great
Depression put an end to the well. It was rediscovered in 1955 and not
until the 1990s was it revived back into use. The spa is in the larger
building, a partial replica of a 650-year-old building from Hamburg,
Germany. The water kiosk (open 24 hours/day) is partially hidden behind
a tree from my vantage point. There is a statue of the founder,
Captain John Frazier, holding a refreshing glass of water, and you can
see the two large holding tanks behind him. Touting a Ph level of 8.76,
which is apparently a good thing, I filled up a water bottle too.
One of my resolutions this year is to draw everyday and improve over time. A big "thank you" to Lydia Velarde for starting the San Diego Urban Sketchers group!