The other reason I’ve been AFK for the past week is that it was my 25th wedding anniversary and my wife and I did a mini-tour of the western part of the State of Arkansas.
We stayed in a cabin at the Lodge at Mount Magazine (top picture), which is the highest point in the state. Picture 2,3 and 5 are also from Mt. Magazine.
We also went to the diamond mine (8th largest crater of diamonds in the world, the only source of diamonds in the U.S., and most importantly, the only diamond mine that you can actually take home what you find at). No pictures there, and no…. we didn’t find any diamonds. Just sunburn. But it was fun to try.
On the way back home we swung over to Hot Springs. There is a national park that includes row of turn of the (last) century bath houses. The 4th and 6th picture are from there. The 4th is the quapaw bathhouse, which is an odd name, and the 6th is an 8,000+ piece stained glass window that is in the ceiling of the Fordyce bathhouse (men’s area). The water from the springs is naturally 145 degrees. They had to cool it down to roughly 105. A few of the bath houses are still in operation, but most are museums.