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Nov 14, 2016 - Hot Springs, AR

Monday, November 14, 2016 Big day today. We got up early, and on the road in order to be sure to get a campsite in Gulpha Gorge National Park Campground in Hot Springs. It’s almost in the middle of town, handy to everything, and has full hookups—luxury! We went to a favorite Mexican restaurant downtown and then headed for Sam’s doctor’s appointment. Got a clean bill of health there (whoopee!) and instructions to come back in three months. After that, we did some grocery shopping to pick up things Barbara had forgotten to pack, including...

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Nov 10, 2016 - Hot Springs, Ar - Day 3

This is our last day in Hot Springs. We really enjoyed it. We went up in the Hot Springs Mountain Tower. The Tower is 1,256 feet above sea level. Jacob would have had weak knees. The road going up to the Tower was a switch back. Slow going. They have an area where you can fill containers with spring water. After the tower we went shopping down main street. We went to an area with crystals. Hot springs is the Crystal Capitol. I could not believe what they pulled out of the mines. Our evening was spent in the Casino. We walk away with more...

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Nov 9, 2016 - Hot Springs Ar - Day 2

Our second day in Hot Springs was a lot of fun. We went to “Oaklawn” the horse track and gaming area. I loved seeing where the horses race. They did not have any races but still enjoyed touring the site. The casino inside Oaklawn is huge. We were really surprised. Chuck I took pictures of the “Poker Room”. Their Texas holdem tables are automated. It was neat watching folks play by just touching a button. They set at a table just like we do but they have screens that the dealt cards show up on. We played a few slots and three card poker. We...

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Nov 8, 2016 - Hot Springs 1st Day

We made it to Hot Springs Arkansas. We arrived early so we did a little site seeing. Many shops on Main street. This is also the bath house district. Across from the shops is all the bath houses in a row. I did not want to bath in the hot springs bath houses. You know how paranoid I am about germs. People come from all over the world to bath in the hot springs bath water. You can see the fountains with the steam coming up from the hot springs. The pictures that you see of the Bath House is from the “Fordyce Bath House”. This Bath House is...

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Jun 14, 2016 - LONG Day

From J & J RV Park – Hot Springs, AR After being off the road for the extended period of time we sure jumped back into traveling with “BOTH” feet……….359.5 miles! This makes a new one day all time high for miles pulled in our 9 plus years of fulltiming. We had usually adhered to the 2-2-2 rule. Around 200 miles per day, stop by 2 p.m. and stay 2 nights. So first day back broke all 3 rules…..miles way over, pulled into J & J at 5:00 p.m. and only stayed one night! In addition to breaking our traveling rules Miss GyPSy Jill took us on an...

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May 20, 2016 - Hot Springs AR

Well, at least the 6 hour travel part of the day went fine. An easy, but a bit windy drive west from Red Bay, through a less than pleasant part of Memphis, then WSW toward Little Rock, Arkansas to our planned – that word is important – 3 night stay at Catherine’s Landing in Hot Springs. The park is very nice; it’s owned by the same company that owns numerous parks around the country including the Pine Mountain RV Resort SW of Atlanta that we have stayed at twice. We got set up, Michele made some chicken ala king, we ate, walked the dog for...

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May 9, 2016 - An issue I must address....

Cuz it's killing me. As I re-read this journal now that we are home, I found errors. It seems I dinked with my editing a bit too much, or, more likely, was too lazy to vet my writing. Now, however, my anal retentiveness requires that I make corrections, way after the fact. Regarding the May 4th entry, the correct spelling is "tchotchke" and the phonetic spelling is "CHOCH-ka". (I always said it as CHAAT-skee - and I was initially upset that I misspelled my version by omitting the "h". Upon further research, I have learned that I not only...

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May 6, 2016 - Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs is an interesting town, full of alley ways and stairs, limestone buildings and a large amount of diverse shops, located along narrow and steep roadways. I love that there is a store devoted to nothing but crochet - what are the odds of that? The centrally located park had tree huggers made exclusively in crochet, not knit, as in Iowa City, and much prettier as a matter of fact. The town seems to be somewhat devoted to motorcycle and Harley enthusiasts - rather weird, when they are extremely loud, and one also sees noise...

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May 4, 2016 - This, That and the Other

Greetings! Saturday we visited downtown Hot Springs, where the bath houses and national park are located. There is a long row (“Bathhouse Row”) of beautiful bath houses, all fed by the same natural spring of water, located on the east side of Central Avenue, with commercial businesses directly across the street on the west side. The businesses are composed of tchoche (“caat-skee”) shops, clothing stores and the occasional non-descript restaurant or ice cream store. I did find fresh caramels though! Hopefully there will be some left by the...

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May 1, 2016 - Downtown Hot Springs - more to come

We're off to the forest today. It's beautiful morning, and we're finally getting an early start! Visited downtown Hot Springs yesterday - what a curious mixture of businesses and buildings, smack in the middle of a national park. I hope you can see the 4 teaser photos with this entry. More later......!

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Apr 30, 2016 - April Showers?

More like April Deluge. Oh the rain we had! From Wednesday evening all the way through the early morning hours of Friday (today). And not a lovely pitter patter soft gentle falling of raindrops; no, it fell hard and fast, it seemed like forever. A “frog choker”, as they say. Apparently the weather system was large, intense, and it just *sat* over our part of the world for hours. Did I mention the nearby river? Oh so lovely when it’s flowing sweetly by on a calm and sunny day. Not so when we had the kind of rain we had. Bill and I received...

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Apr 29, 2016 - Rainy Friday

Yesterday, Thursday, it was sunny and beautiful. We visited the mountains located in Hot Springs National Park, which is contained within the city limits, and is adjacent to the downtown area. This amazes me, that it is so closely located to the city environs. It’s a fairly large park, completely wooded, with various trails and a huge observation tower. We took a short hike, and looked upon beautiful vistas. Then we drove along the downtown main drag, past the historic bath houses, which are lined up next to each other, each one more...

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