Friday, September 24, 2010

Tennessee-Alabama-Arkansas, September 14-18, 2010

This is the conclusion of this blog of our three month journey to 21 states, District of Columbia, and 3 Canadian provinces. From Arkansas, we traveled on to Fort Worth and Houston, Texas to visit friends and relatives, before returning to Alabama. We were blessed to have good weather, good health, and a safe journey, (Thank you God), but we are so looking forward to parking and staying put for a while! We hope you enjoy our pictures.

Arkansas State Capitol Building, Little Rock

Clinton Presidential Library, Little Rock

Looking down on fountains in front of Library from inside

Replica of Cabinet Room, Vern at end of table (not a replica)

Oval Office

Presidential Limo

Old railroad bridge by Library

Old Choctaw Route Station (beside Library)

Quapaw Bath House - one of eight old, turn of the century, landmark bath houses on Bath House Row in Hot Springs. Quapaw and Buckstaff are the only two still in operation. Quapaw Bath House is where we celebrated the official end of our journey with a mineral bath and a massage, and a nice Italian dinner afterward.
NOTE: There are 47 hot springs that surface near the foot of west Hot Springs Mountain. About 1 million gallons of 143 degree water pour out of the springs each day. The water fell as rain about 4 thousand years ago (according to carbon dating tests), and percolated deep into the heated areas of the earth's crust, and rushes rapidly to the surface. (Wikipedia) In the past, it was thought to be pure water, but recent tests reveal it contains a few harmless bacteria.

Looking down on Hot Springs from West Mountain

Baileys Dairy Treat (used to be Polar Bar, where a young Bill Clinton frequented and worked part time - it was owned by his friend's parents). We had lunch there.

Park Place Baptist Church, Hot Springs (Bill Clinton was baptized there). We went to church there.

One of Clinton's boyhood homes (in Hot Springs)

Welcome to Arkansas

On September 14, we left Lebanon, TN, headed for Arkansas, but after hearing a strange noise coming from our diesel engine, we decided to swing southward through Red Bay, Alabama to have some repair work done. We stayed the night in the Tiffin Campground and had an engine/turbo hose replaced the next morning at Bay Diesel, then continued our trip back up through Memphis and on to Hot Springs, Arkansas to J and J RV Park

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