So off we headed to Hot Springs and promptly ran into a storm that would have looked right at home in The Wizzard of Oz. Seriously, I have never in my life seen a set of storm clouds like the ones rolling towards us. It was literally like something out of a movie. They were magnificent and spooky at the same time. I have to admit I was a little nervous when I realized we were in Tornado Alley and a tornado just took out the St. Louis airport a few days ago. We got lucky though and there were no tornadoes to be seen (if I'm honest, I was a wee bit disappointed), just some of the hardest rain I've ever experienced. We made it to Hot Springs in about 3 hours, which was pretty good considering the weather. HS is a neat little town even if it's a bit run down. I bet in it's heyday (which looks to have been sometime in the 20s or 30s) it was really quite the destination. Even today though, it's worth spending a day or two there. It's like a cross between Ocean City MD and Harper's Ferry, W. Va if you can imagine that. It's got some serious natural beauty, but at the same time is very touristy with plenty of little nic nac shops. Unfortunately the weather was still damp and very gray (but no rain!) so no decent scenic pics here either, but a few interesting one's nonetheless.
|Bella Standing on a wall that sits atop a small mountain (large hill?) that overlooks Hot Springs.|
|Filling her water bottle at public filling station for the spring water. Tasted awesome too, very mineraly (is that a word?)|
|Bella and I at a spring in the middle of the town.|
|The girls and Aldous at the same spring.|
|Downtown Hot Springs, AR.|
|At a neat little emporium in HS...Bella's face is not a put on...she was terrified of that wooden Gorilla....took me a few minutes to talk her into posing for this pic. :-)|
|This had nothing to do with Hot Springs. This was the sign for a restaurant in the same parking lot as a gas station we stopped at in OK. The sign speaks for itself....no we didn't eat there, Michelle wouldn't let me. :-)|