We left Little Rock early for the long 30 mile drive to Hot Springs. The City of Hot springs is the boyhood home of President Bill Clinton. It's also a National Park. Seeing we had all day we took a back road instead of the Interstate.

As with many of our journey's we found the back roads have a bit less traffic.
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Olwyn loves old farm yards and buildings.
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Hot Springs, boyhood home of Bill Clinton. Not the most complimenting likeness.
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Bath House Row. The entire City is a National Park. Bath House row is being restored to the charms and elegance it had at the turn of the Century. Not the last one, the one before that. These bath houses were well visited because of the healing properties of the spring's hot, mineral rich waters. There are a few fountains and natural areas one can sample the waters without going to a bath house and many people were taking advantage of that filling several gallon jugs at a time.
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Another shot of Bath House row. Not all of these were fully restored but as you can see they are now well cared for in the restoration process.
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The National Park office complete with gift shop and museum to explain the history of this unique city.
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A fountain in one of the shower rooms.
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This is the stained glass skylight above the fountain..
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One of the theraputic showers. This one was known as the "needle shower". Looks like more of a torture chamber to me. Some of the services were as one might expect, steam chamber, soaking tubs, etc. but there were ones like this that just looked to scary for me.
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The entry point where the natural spring enters the bath house. As a side note the water is actually cooled some as it's too hot right out of the mountain.
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The mechanical room where the spring water is pressurized for the showers.
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Back outside Olwyn test the temperature of the water.
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Across the street from the bath houses were dozens of shops. As one would expect in a tourist town there were more "tacky tourist" gift shops than anything else.
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On the edge of town there was a nice park with a windy road going up to the mountain. There were many hiking trails along the way to the top which was home to an observation tower and restaurant.
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Road on the right, hiking trail to the left. We of course explored both.
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The tower and restaurant.
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The view from the top.
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Another angle.
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And of course a Mullberry bush.
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Hiking a trail.
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The mountains in Arkansas look so tame just rolling on gentling for ever. In reality they are steeper than one would think. Pictures and my saying so likely won't convince you so you'll have to go see for yourself.
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The resort we stayed at was a few miles south of bath house row. A pretty place on the lake. Despite the 80 degree temperature we were the only ones swimming in the pool.
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Running behind the bath houses in town was a prominade that ended at a park. As we left town in the morning we stopped to take a few photos of the park and spings.
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It was early morning and the steam rose from the hot water.
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This to me was more picturesque than the well known Cedar Falls in Petite Jean State Park.
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One last shot before realizing it was a work day and I parked without paying the meter.
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