The Life I Love… Hot Springs National Park

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MARCH 25, 2016

Today starts out cool and sunny. We hike across the creek from our campground onto the Gulpha Gorge Trail.

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Up we go from switch back to switch back until we connect with the Hot Springs Mountain Trail and head toward the observation tower.

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For $7 apiece we can ascend the tower for a panoramic view of Arkansas. We opt out and continue to loop around on the Mountain Trail, except we take a wrong turn. We descend steeply for about 1/4 of a mile before we realize our mistake. So we turn around and painstakingly ascend till we find our trail loop. It’s a beautiful morning hike filled with cool air, sunshine, spring colors, and crystal rocks!

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Hot Springs Heresay:

  •  The city is located in the Ouachita Mountains.
  • From 1894 – 1925 Whittington Park was the baseball training camp for many Major League Clubs.
  • Babe Ruth hit a 578 foot home run from this park.
  • in April of 1914, Pentecostal Christian leaders met in Hot Springs to form the Assemblies of God denomination.
  • Al Capone often stayed in the luxury hotel, the Arlington. (See pictures from Bathhouse Row.)
  • Bill Clinton was born here.
  • Actor Alan Ladd was also from here.
  • Billy Bob Thornton, the actor, director, and screen writer is from Hot Springs. (en.m.wikipedia.org)

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