San Antonio comes to Hot Springs

We were thrilled that our good friends Jim and Joan drove up from San Antonio to see us this week! Their stay was too short, but we got lots of good visiting in and explored downtown Hot Springs a bit – we really enjoyed the tour of the lovely restored Fordyce Bathhouse on historic Bathhouse Row and we picnicked at Gulpha Gorge. Who knew when we met 20+ years ago in our little neighborhood in Costa Rica that we’d still be hanging out together so many years later! Good times!

Jim and John at the National Park Visitor Center

Thursday morning, John and I drove to Fayetteville – such a gorgeous drive through the Ouachita National Forest – and had dinner with Pete and Ginger. The next day we went to The Momentary Museum and made a fairly quick visit to Crystal Bridges, primarily to walk through the contemporary art gallery and see the Frank Lloyd Wright house. The Momentary is also done by Alice Walton (like Crystal Bridges) and features contemporary art – it’s in an old dairy and the space is gorgeous. We had some great Mexican food for lunch (green posole!) and did some shopping at Dillard’s, then we made our way over to Phillip and Michele’s new house for dinner with them and Pete and Ginger. We headed home the next morning via Little Rock.

San Antonio was again represented by a visit from James and Marybeth later in the week. We had a fun dinner at David and Alison’s with them last night and I went shopping with them downtown today – and we had a lovely morning boat ride today. Julie and Scott had us all out for dinner tonight – lots of fun yakking and reminiscing, and, of course, great food and wine!

David and John
James and Marybeth
With David
Chairs inside the bathhouse cooling room
Gorgeous stained glass ceiling inside bathhouse

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