Phannie

Phannie
Photo taken at Winchester Bay, Oregon

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Texarkana to Hot Springs, AR

Today, we headed for Hot Springs, Arkansas, another of our favorite towns. Luckily, the distance was short, for all of us were dragging our feet again today. We decided to visit Bryce's again for lunch today, as the Barkers arrived too late to enjoy the food there last night. They seemed to echo our affection for Bryce's, so we waddled out to our rigs and headed for Hot Springs.

We arrived at the KOA in Hot Springs after a very scenic drive through the Ozarks, culminating in the unfolding before us of beautiful Lake Hamilton and Lake Ouachita near our destination. The campground is in a very hilly area with plenty of shade. It was reasonably priced, and we had a back-in spot as did Bubba, a couple of spots down the road. Bubba decided to cook burgers on the grill, and we joined our food resources to have a nice cookout. Afterward, LouAnn, Sandy and I toured downtown Hot Springs and bath house row, enjoying immensely the beautiful old buildings, exuding their rich history at every corner. We also drew a number of gallons of the delicious water from the natural hot springs fountain to use on our trip. The mineral-rich water has been flowing from this spring for thousands of years at a constant 143 degrees and is, of course, the nucleus of the attraction for settlers who acclaimed far and wide the health benefits of drinking and bathing in water from the spring.

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