Arkansas--Hot Springs, Little Rock, & Bill Clinton
Trip Start Apr 16, 2009
32Trip End Jul 12, 2009
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Following the Ducky ride, we found Bill Clinton's boyhood home for a photo stop and then lunched at a better Mexican Restaurant called La Hacienda. Afterwards, we visited the Hot Springs National Park Visitors Center in the old Fordyce Bathhouse and walked part of the Promenade above Bathhouse Row. In the early 1900's (The Golden Age of Bathing) peopled traveled to the elegant bathhouses for therapeutic baths and spa treatments to improve their health or treat ailments. Trying out the natural hot springs, we could only keep our feet in 1-2 seconds; that water was HOT! (Ouch!) We filled our water jugs like all the locals at one of the thermal fountains with the fresh, clean, sweet natural spring water. By the way, the worst thing about TN was the taste of the water, so the AK water is remarkably better by comparison.
The night brought torrential rain and thunder, and we discovered some major leaks in the trailer that we will have to have an authorized Hi-Lo dealer deal with. We didn't expect all to go perfect.
DAY 13--LITTLE ROCK, AK - Not a lot to do in Little Rock located on the Arkansas River. It's a pretty nice looking small city, home to two notable sites: the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park and Central High School, famous for its role in school desegregation. In 1957, Eisenhower sent in Federal troops to control the mobs when the Little Rock Nine attempted to enter the high school as part of the phasing in of school desegregation. We hit both stops and particularly enjoyed the Clinton library, which has full size reproductions of the White House Cabinet Room and the Oval Office as it was during his Presidency. We closed out our stay in this area with dinner at McClards, the world famous barbecue restaurant in Hot Springs. It first opened in 1928 and was Bill Clinton's favorite. Our waitress Wyona has worked there 48 years and showed us her picture on the wall with Bill. Great barbecue and tamales in a down-home restaurant, a perfect end to our stay in Hot Springs/Little Rock.