We’d felt sort of cheated when we were in Hot Springs in the spring. It was cold and wet, and walking around when we were last there seemed pointless and miserable. This time, we were able to stroll outside in very pleasant weather, and we toured the National Park Bathhouse Row – and in particular, Fordyce Bathhouse.
We both found Fordyce Bathhouse a bit gross and creepy. I had previously commented that my view of bathhouses was that they would likely be as hygienic as swimming in the Cermak Pool in the 70’s, and my opinion has not changed. While not the communal bathing facilities I had envisioned without stepping inside one our first time there, I have a sneaking suspicion that bathhouses of the early 1900’s is something I would have avoided. While the Fordyce Bathhouse offered individual baths for its clients, it was sort of weird to imagine sharing one of them with thousands of people a year. No thanks.
Following bathhouse row, we went to revisit Ouachita National Forest and Lake Ouachita (pronounced WASH-i-taw). The 85 degree weather and fair skies made it much more pleasant this time. I napped on a local picnic bench while Alayne took pictures. I’m glad the weather in Hot Springs was different this time.
Well, that largely ends this summer’s report. We are heading back to Texas tomorrow, and both of us are looking forward to starting the next chapter in our retirement. More on that later.