From Memphis to Hot Springs, AR

Hot Springs, Arkansas
One of the many public bath houses in downtown Hot Springs (which also happens to be a national park). I don’t care how therapeutic these things are, I’m not bathing in something that is likely as hygienic as the Cermak Pool in Lyons, Illinois

When staying in Memphis we utilized the Agricenter International RV park. Like the RV park we stayed at in Raleigh, I was quite impressed. The sites aren’t anything fancy, but for $30, they are tough to beat. Unlike Raleigh, the Memphis fairground RV park had a bath and showers, and they accepted credit cards.

Memphis Agricenter
I’m starting to like these fairground parks. They are clean, cheap, secure, and seem to always have available sites. This is the Memphis Agricenter International at $30 a night (it’s hard to beat Walmart though, at “free”, but Walmart doesn’t offer any hookups, and they discourage slides out as well as barbecue grills)

While continuing to eat our way across the Southeast, we dined at a great restaurant named Seasons 52 in Memphis. Although they are an upscale Darden chain that’s apparently been around since 2003, I’d never heard of them. Following a little research, I’ve come to learn they are scattered all over the country, including in Dallas and Plano. My NY strip was delicious, as was Alayne’s shrimp and grits. We also ate a local barbecue chain called One & Only. The price was about the same as Dickey’s, but the food was much better and they actually serve you at a table (as opposed the typical cafeteria style of so many barbecue places, including Dickey’s). Alayne didn’t think her brisket sandwich was as good as Dickey’s or my brisket, but I thought it was much better.

Hot Springs
After 190 miles of rain, we finished with rain AND construction for 13 miles
Rain, construction, AND a broken windshield. Hopefully Progressive Insurance splits the $3,000 cost with me, as they did two years ago. Better yet, it is repairable (but then I’ll likely have to eat the $3,000 on the back end when I sell the bus and someone questions the three repairs)

Unfortunately, it rained the entire time we drove the 196 miles between Memphis and Hot Springs. To add insult to injury, a tractor trailer sans trailer cut in front of us and threw a rock at our windshield, cracking it. We’re going to hold out hope that the windshield can be repaired, but if not, there goes another $3,000, which fortunately the insurance company pays half. I’m sure it wouldn’t have happened had the tractor been pulling a trailer. But without the trailer, the back tires were completely exposed.

This was the road leading into the Cloud Nine RV Park
It was raining when we first arrived, so exhaustive exploration was out of the question, but Alayne remarked upon looking out the window that there was an RV in a tree. We studied it all night trying to figure out what it was. It turned out to be a birdhouse
The Cloud Nine RV Park sat at about 800 foot elevation. It was certainly pretty, and would have been prettier with blue skies and fully filled out trees
They have a beautiful club house at the Cloud Nine RV Park

We moved to Hot Springs following our couple nights in Memphis. The park we stayed at, Cloud Nine, was very nice, and it was only $35, which is a steal. Unfortunately, it rained pretty much the whole time we were there, only clearing the evening before we left. Nonetheless, we took the opportunity to drive through Hot Springs National Park and visit the Ouachita National Forest and Lake Ouachita (pronounced WASH-i-taw). It was cloudy and very cold, but we’re glad we got to see it anyway.

Hot Springs, Arkansas
Ouachita is pronounced WASH-i-taw. Because it was raining, your going to get a lot of “in-car” shots
I wish it would have been a better day to view Ouachita National Forest, but I didn’t know it was going to rain three months ago when I booked our stay
Hot Springs, Arkansas
This is Lake Ouachita
It was quite clever of Alayne to take a picture with some color in it given the dreary day we had. She’s smart like that
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Lake Ouachita must be a fairly good-sized lake given the number of sailboats we saw


The downtown area of Hot Springs seems to be a nice place to walk around. Unfortunately, it was raining the day we were there


There are a lot of interesting, old buildings in Hot Springs. You can really tell it is an old town
Obviously, not all properties in Hot Springs are as well-kept as the preceding picture. I think the cost of restoration would impossible to recover in this case
Hot Springs, Arkansas
There was no shortage of crap like this in Hot Springs. For a town that lays its claim to being “Bill Clinton’s Boyhood Town”, you’d think they’d show a bit more pride. Now that I’ve written it, I realize I wouldn’t have pride in that fact either. So, why should they?

As I write this, we are already 295 miles further down the road and back in Texas. But, that’s another post away.

2 thoughts on “From Memphis to Hot Springs, AR

  1. I love Seasons 52, go there often for business lunches. Sorry about your windshield, that sucks! I bet you were mad, I’m glad I was not on board!


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