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Agua Caliente Springs, California, September 1914. One of the many hot springs resorts in Sonoma County's Valley of the Moon. An extremely popular destination for San Franciscans of the time, who could take advantage of frequent and convenient ferry and train connections. Here my mother's older sister Mary, fourth from the right, poses with a group of her friends and their parasols prior to availing themselves of the restorative properties of the hot water baths. Third from the left is Anna Scanlon, who was Mary's maid of honor at her wedding in 1919. Anna can be also be seen on a visit to Mary here, and Mary appears in a family portrait here.