Hot Springs & Muddy Waters
It’s been a while since our last post so I’ve got a lot of catching up to do!
As we made out way back to Michigan, we stopped at Hot Springs Arkansas and toured the famous bath houses that were so popular during the 30s, 40s, and 50s. Now a National Park, a couple have been restored to their original glory while others have been re-purposed as restaurants or boutiques.
Hot Springs got its name simply because the area is geological hot spot and hot mineral water, a constant 130 degrees, flows from underground springs and pools on the surface though-out the area. The bath houses harnessed these waters and touted they’re healing powers which resulted in wealthy visitors coming from all over the world seeking cures. The treatments, some of which are really bizarre, were performed in total opulence. In short, these bath houses were amazing!
While we were in the area we visited Garvin Woodland Gardens. What an awesome place! This ranks as one of the most beautiful places we’ve visited.
Serene paths led us through a forest of lush flowers, themed landscapes, and incredible architecture such as the Glass Cathedral.
I keep trying to think of different ways to describe this incredible place. But in this case, Susan’s pictures are worth a thousand words.
By now I bet you’re wondering where the “Muddy Waters” I mentioned in the title is. Well, it’s here, our view of the mighty Mississippi as we moved on to West Memphis Arkansas. And ironically the RV Park where we stayed was called Tom Sawyer. For two days we had a front row seat watching the endless commercial river traffic.