Monday, March 21, 2016

Hot Springs & Little Rock, Arkansas

On the way to Hot Springs, Arkansas we drove through a severe rainstorm which tore apart the cover/shroud of the air conditioning unit on the roof of our RV!

Missing shroud. Notice how some remnants of it is still attached to the screws.

We didn't know about the incident until we arrived at our camp site hours later, and the manager greeted us with "Welcome, huh, do you know the cover of your air conditioning unit is missing?" Fortunately the next morning we were able to buy the exact type of shroud we needed from the main RV shop in the city, as they had one in stock.

New shroud.

We visited the Hot Springs National Park, including the historic Bathhouse Row with 9 fancy bathhouses built in the late 19th and early 20th century for patrons to enjoy the hot spring waters. Little known fact: Bill Clinton grew up in Hot Springs between the ages of 4 and 18.

Bathhouse Row (bathhouses on the left).

Fordyce bathhouse.

Hot spring water.

Quapaw bathhouse.

Grand promenade behind Bathhouse Row.

Another hot spring.

Fordyce bathhouse.

Fordyce bathhouse sun room.

Fordyce bathhouse.

Next we drove to Little Rock where we saw the Presidential Library of Bill Clinton:

Main hall.

Replica of the Cabinet Room.

Interesting display.

Madame President in an exact replica of Bill Clinton's oval office during his presidency.

Presidential Limousine.

Standard items issued to the Secret Service agents during the Clinton Presidency.

We went to the Little Rock Central High School's visitor center dedicated to the Little Rock crisis caused by the racial desegregation of schools in the 1950/60s:

Little Rock Central High School.

Historic gas station by the school which had the only nearby payphone used by news reporters to cover the crisis (see explanatory video). You may notice my left sunglass lens is pointing upward—it broke and none of us noticed it :-/

Visitor center.

Finally, we visited the nearby Toltec Mounds, built by relatively unknown indigenous ancestors of the regional Native Americans, likely for ceremonial purposes:

Next stop: Tennessee.

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