Expedition Team: Dave Miller, Rosie Miller Expedition Date: October 10,11 & 12, 2019
On the road to Hot Springs we camped one night at Las Cruces, New Mexico KOA and I fattened up on Fat Boy Ice Cream. At El Paso, saw the border wall between USA and Mexico (Photo#2 just past Rosie’s head). Mexico looked poverty central. Had two border control stops (Photo#3) along the interstate just east of El Paso. Rosie ate a fried apple pie at a famous Texas restaurant (Photo#5). We passed Sweetwater, Texas, dove hunting capital of the United States. In Peso, Texas and on east there were lots of oil wells everywhere.
After that long 980 mile drive, we arrived at the boyhood home of President Bill Clinton and the only national park that makes and serves it’s own home made beer…as it has a microbrewery on site. The National Park consisted of many hiking trails, 47 natural hot springs with an average temperature of 142 degrees plus several hot spring spas (Photo#9-#11) where you could get massages &/or relax in therapeutic whirlpools. An area called the Grand Promenade near bathhouse row, was the site where many trails began. Nearby were restaurants, shops, wax museum, magicians theater & a museum of oddities. Hot Springs has a vast history as a MLB baseball spring training site with appearances by Babe Ruth.