Ozarks (AR) – Pretty Scenery

Ozark Bathhouse Hot Springs Arkansas AR

Ozark Bathhouse

Hot Springs Arkansas AR

Public confederate pride

Confederate flags Arkansas AR Ozarks

Ed's Flags

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Private confederate pride

Scenic Route 7 Ozark Mountains Ozarks Arkansas AR

Scenic Route 7

Scenic Route 7 Ozark Mountains Ozarks Arkansas AR Scenic Route 7 Ozark Mountains Ozarks Arkansas AR

Overlook in the Ozarks

Diesel prices jump Spring 2008 making trouble for fulltime RV living

Diesel prices jump

Ozark Mountains, Arkansas

May 2-4, 2008 - After leaving the Natchez Trace we were on a

mission to get to Kansas, but we took the scenic route through

the Ozark mountains rather than the interstate to get there.  We

stopped briefly in the town of Hot Springs which is famous for its

hot baths.  Fancy bathhouses were erected along the main

drag for tourists to enjoy steaming in the hot baths.  We didn't

take a dip, but the buildings were intriguing.

We were also

intrigued to find that

the Confederate flag

was flown in many

places here as well,

including the front

courtyard of a public

building.

Ed's Flags was

doing a bang-up

business, and he

included the

Confederate flag

in his lineup.

The most

common place

to spot a

Confederate

flag was in the

front yard of a

home.

The Scenic Route 7 through the mountains is a hilly, twisty drive.  It was

a little bit of a struggle with the buggy, and Mark had to concentrate as

we wound our way up and down through the range.  We saw lots of

motorcycles and even a motorcycle rally.  This would be an ideal

place for any kind of two-wheeled vehicle.

There weren't too many lookouts with views, but we did stop at one

where we got a good view of the valley.

We weren't near any major cities, and the gas prices reflected that.

When we arrived in Florida on February 5th, 2008, diesel was $3.11

a gallon.  Now, a mere three months later, diesel in Arkansas was

$4.39.  Little did we know that by the time we got to the North Rim of

the Grand Canyon, two months after we took this photo, diesel would

be $5.34 a gallon.

We passed through several fascinating little communities where all the signs were in Spanish.  I had always thought that the border

states had the most Latino residents, but here in the heart of the Ozarks we discovered some thriving hispanic communities.

We had been told at two visitors centers in Arkansas not to miss Eureka Springs.  It is a quaint

town, they said, with a very cute main street and lots of charm.  Unfortunately, it is not RV

friendly.  In fact, it is not tourist friendly.  We stopped at the visitors center on the edge of town to

find out where we could park so we could walk the town.  It turned out that in order to see the

town you had to pay $5 to park your RV for the day outside of town and then you had to take a

shuttle bus into town -- $9 for two people.  So in order to see this quaint, charming town we had

to shell out $14.  On top of that, the restrooms in the visitors center weren't even in their

building.  They were way around in the back behind a bunch of shops, and they were decrepit

and dirty.  So we skipped Eureka Springs.  One theme that has been repeated over and over in

our travels is that the more you pay the less you get.

From the Ozarks we scooted through Missouri and finally landed in Chanute, Kansas, a small

town tucked into the southeastern corner of the state.