Saturday, November 7, 2015

Even more Hot Springs (pssst–lots of pictures!)

Since we spent so much time here we have lots of pictures.  And if you have not stayed at Hot Spring National Park RV park – Gulpha Gorge Campground – it is a great place with nice long spaces.  My only thing might be to park closer to the river and less close to the road if you can.  Six a.m. during the week seems to be when the trucks zoom by and there is a curve there (like all of Arkansas) that requires braking and gear changes.  With our senior discount it cost us just $15 a night for full hookups.  We could not get TV with our antenna but some could.  I think it was our spot. Our next investment is going to be a satellite. 

10-29-15 Hot Springs AR 4510-29-15 Hot Springs AR 4710-29-15 Hot Springs AR 4910-29-15 Hot Springs AR 5010-29-15 Hot Springs AR 51Road going to the tower.  One way in and one way out.  We know why – narrow and winding.10-30-15 Hot Springs 02Next pictures are from the tower windows and ledge.  10-30-15 Hot Springs 0310-30-15 Hot Springs 0410-30-15 Hot Springs 0510-30-15 Hot Springs 09Not sure what kind of amusement park they had but it had a big roller coaster.10-30-15 Hot Springs 1210-30-15 Hot Springs 18This tree was in our camping area.  A real splash of color.

Dan and Melinda came in to go travel with us for a few days.  We did go back to Hot Springs and saw even more.

This stained glass was above the Ponce deLeon statue in the mens dressing room.10-31-15 Hot Springs 01Stained glass in the solarium area.10-31-15 Hot Springs 04Yes, Dan, the water is hot.  See the steam?10-31-15 Hot Springs 05Not sure he really believed it.  10-31-15 Hot Springs 0610-31-15 Hot Springs 0710-31-15 Hot Springs 08The area is just full of little steam spouts everywhere.  And there a lots of them that have been covered so they do not become contaminated. 10-31-15 Hot Springs 0910-31-15 Hot Springs 1310-31-15 Hot Springs 1410-31-15 Hot Springs 1510-31-15 Hot Springs 1610-31-15 Hot Springs 1710-31-15 Hot Springs 1810-31-15 Hot Springs 1910-31-15 Hot Springs 2010-31-15 Hot Springs 21

Dan and I took a hike up the trail behind our campsite and could see lots of the area.  Not sure what this was.  We tired to figure it out but never did find the answer.11-01-15 Hot Springs 0311-01-15 Hot Springs 05Note sure what the berries were but they were so pretty!11-01-15 Hot Springs 0411-01-15 Hot Springs 06And yes, we did find some prickly pear cactus. It is a really deep sage green. 11-01-15 Hot Springs 08And lots of lichen.  So cool!11-01-15 Hot Springs 1011-01-15 Hot Springs 11This cardinal thought the mirror on Dan’s truck was another cardinal.  He was so funny flicking around trying to find the other bird. 11-01-15 Hot Springs 1711-01-15 Hot Springs 1911-01-15 Hot Springs 2011-01-15 Hot Springs 23We took a drive to check out some other camping areas around Lake Ouchita (pronounced wash – a – tah).  Seems the lake was not busy at all. In fact we thought it was closed or something by the lack of boats and people.  11-01-15 iphone Ouchita Lake 0111-01-15 iphone Ouchita Lake 02Really pretty place.11-01-15 iphone Ouchita Lake 03Loved this razorback sitting on the abandoned dock area.  Formed from a piece of wood and even had a brush down his back.  Really cute.

There is a horse racing facility and casino in Hot Springs!  I did not know. Oaklawn Racing and Gaming is where the horses race about three weeks before the Kentucky Derby.  We had a great security guard who was so knowledgeable and really gave us good information.  And the good part was while there we won back what we lost a few days before!Finally some pictures of the area just across the street from our camping area. Dan pointed it out on our last trip from town home.  This is just a gorgeous area to visit. 11-02-15 Hot Springs 0111-02-15 Hot Springs 0211-02-15 Hot Springs 0311-02-15 Hot Springs 0411-02-15 Hot Springs 0511-02-15 Hot Springs 0911-02-15 Hot Springs 12

Well again, sorry for the picture overload.  I just did not want to break it all up again.  Later the end of the trip…

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Even more Hot Springs (pssst–lots of pictures!)

Since we spent so much time here we have lots of pictures.  And if you have not stayed at Hot Spring National Park RV park – Gulpha Gorge Campground – it is a great place with nice long spaces.  My only thing might be to park closer to the river and less close to the road if you can.  Six a.m. during the week seems to be when the trucks zoom by and there is a curve there (like all of Arkansas) that requires braking and gear changes.  With our senior discount it cost us just $15 a night for full hookups.  We could not get TV with our antenna but some could.  I think it was our spot. Our next investment is going to be a satellite. 

10-29-15 Hot Springs AR 4510-29-15 Hot Springs AR 4710-29-15 Hot Springs AR 4910-29-15 Hot Springs AR 5010-29-15 Hot Springs AR 51Road going to the tower.  One way in and one way out.  We know why – narrow and winding.10-30-15 Hot Springs 02Next pictures are from the tower windows and ledge.  10-30-15 Hot Springs 0310-30-15 Hot Springs 0410-30-15 Hot Springs 0510-30-15 Hot Springs 09Not sure what kind of amusement park they had but it had a big roller coaster.10-30-15 Hot Springs 1210-30-15 Hot Springs 18This tree was in our camping area.  A real splash of color.

Dan and Melinda came in to go travel with us for a few days.  We did go back to Hot Springs and saw even more.

This stained glass was above the Ponce deLeon statue in the mens dressing room.10-31-15 Hot Springs 01Stained glass in the solarium area.10-31-15 Hot Springs 04Yes, Dan, the water is hot.  See the steam?10-31-15 Hot Springs 05Not sure he really believed it.  10-31-15 Hot Springs 0610-31-15 Hot Springs 0710-31-15 Hot Springs 08The area is just full of little steam spouts everywhere.  And there a lots of them that have been covered so they do not become contaminated. 10-31-15 Hot Springs 0910-31-15 Hot Springs 1310-31-15 Hot Springs 1410-31-15 Hot Springs 1510-31-15 Hot Springs 1610-31-15 Hot Springs 1710-31-15 Hot Springs 1810-31-15 Hot Springs 1910-31-15 Hot Springs 2010-31-15 Hot Springs 21

Dan and I took a hike up the trail behind our campsite and could see lots of the area.  Not sure what this was.  We tired to figure it out but never did find the answer.11-01-15 Hot Springs 0311-01-15 Hot Springs 05Note sure what the berries were but they were so pretty!11-01-15 Hot Springs 0411-01-15 Hot Springs 06And yes, we did find some prickly pear cactus. It is a really deep sage green. 11-01-15 Hot Springs 08And lots of lichen.  So cool!11-01-15 Hot Springs 1011-01-15 Hot Springs 11This cardinal thought the mirror on Dan’s truck was another cardinal.  He was so funny flicking around trying to find the other bird. 11-01-15 Hot Springs 1711-01-15 Hot Springs 1911-01-15 Hot Springs 2011-01-15 Hot Springs 23We took a drive to check out some other camping areas around Lake Ouchita (pronounced wash – a – tah).  Seems the lake was not busy at all. In fact we thought it was closed or something by the lack of boats and people.  11-01-15 iphone Ouchita Lake 0111-01-15 iphone Ouchita Lake 02Really pretty place.11-01-15 iphone Ouchita Lake 03Loved this razorback sitting on the abandoned dock area.  Formed from a piece of wood and even had a brush down his back.  Really cute.

There is a horse racing facility and casino in Hot Springs!  I did not know. Oaklawn Racing and Gaming is where the horses race about three weeks before the Kentucky Derby.  We had a great security guard who was so knowledgeable and really gave us good information.  And the good part was while there we won back what we lost a few days before!Finally some pictures of the area just across the street from our camping area. Dan pointed it out on our last trip from town home.  This is just a gorgeous area to visit. 11-02-15 Hot Springs 0111-02-15 Hot Springs 0211-02-15 Hot Springs 0311-02-15 Hot Springs 0411-02-15 Hot Springs 0511-02-15 Hot Springs 0911-02-15 Hot Springs 12

Well again, sorry for the picture overload.  I just did not want to break it all up again.  Later the end of the trip…

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