If your only encounter with an outdoor shower is washing dirt of your feet or a quick rinse before jumping into a clean pool, then you’ve missed the deeper experience. It would be comparable to seeing a post card with a view from Guadalupe Peak, and actually being there with the wind in your face and standing 8,750 feet closer to the stars than anyone else in Texas. There is no comparison. And if you want to feel closer to the Texas earth and Texas nature, an outdoor shower is one surefire way of doing it.
Did you ever play in the rain as a child? If you did, I bet an uncontrollable smile is coming over you. It’s a good memory isn’t it? I mean, when I think of playing in the rain as a kid I remember laughing and just having a big grin on my face the whole time. I don’t think a child can play in the rain without smiling. Impossible! I’m not saying you’ll being laughing and smiling taking an outdoor shower, but your mood will definitely be lifted and your outlook on life will be a positive one. I guarantee it! There are only a few things in life that have such an effect and this is one of them.
These days I don’t really relish the thought of rushing out the door and feeling cold raindrops pelt my sensitive skin. Now that I’m all grown up, the best thing about an outdoor shower is the hot water. With hot water there is no time of the day or night that you cannot take a shower. In fact, there is no weather that should stop you either. As they say at the post office, “neither rain, nor sleet nor snow”. However, the best showers are on cold winter nights with a full moon and stars sparkling. It’s a unique experience and an experience that you can ONLY have if you have an outdoor shower. In the morning and evening and on cold days are all incredible times for a hot outdoor shower. A cool shower on a hot day is a great time. And washing your feet or a quick rinse before jumping into a clean pool is an acceptable time too. There is no bad time for a good shower outside. But if anyone is going to actually use an outside shower it must have a few essential features.
I’ve built outdoor showers for my family in the past. The first one had no walls and only cold water. The second one was enclosed by four walls in a 4x4 area with cold water only. I tore those two down. The next was a 5x5 enclosed shower with hot and cold water. That one is gone now as well. My wife never used it because it didn’t have the privacy feeling or the convenience feeling. There was no place to hang her clothes or robe while the shower was going. So finally, after three failed tries, I realized that an outside shower needs to be enclosed. It also must have hot and cold water. And, most importantly, it must have an attached private room to disrobe, and when you’re through, to dry off and be properly attired for the grand exit. I figured it out! I cracked the code! And my wife is so happy. Was it worth it? Yes, worth every penny!
My oldest brother came to stay with us for a couple of weeks and was moved by his outdoor shower experience to write a few words on paper. He prefers to call it” The Birthright Outdoor Shower”.
The Birthright Outdoor Shower
Put on your flip-flops and bathrobe. Swing open the bathhouse door. Disrobe in the privacy of the dressing room. Walk barefoot on the wood floor, smell the cedar walls and enter the round metal silo. Turn on the hot water and get under the 9” diameter showerhead.
Now, look up at the night sky, raise your hands over your head and imagine launching up and out of the silo and into the stars.
It’s your birthright.
The Birthright Outdoor Shower by Texas Cedar Shop.