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Hobbs Conservation National Park - Arkansas

Pigeon Root Trail & Water Mill

rain 16 °C

Today in spite of the greyish not so appealing weather, we decided to venture outside and do one of the many trails in the Hobbs Conservation National Park, which is the largest and the first national park of Arkansas....
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The trail is 4.2m with no difficulty and very pretty scenery, with little streams, view points to Beaver Lake, trail through the forest as a single track and lots and lots of wild flowers..
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The trail first follows as stream and meanders through the woods...
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It then comes onto a lovely viewpoint of Beaver Lake.. and the follow the river until it joins back to the start of the trail...
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After the trail we were ravenous and decided to go and eat at the water mill on the river which is supposed to be a lovely working mill where they do their own flowers and grains etc....

So we had lunch there and played a while... the problem was that the water levels were too high for the mill to actually work so we now have to come back another day!!!!

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Posted by ealonso 19:46 Archived in USA Tagged water park national mill conservation arkansas hobbs Comments (0)

Hot Springs - Arkansas

sunny 25 °C

We arrived in Hot Springs, Bill Clinton's town and went straight to the observation tower on top of the hill...
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Then we walked the Promenade, a 30 minutes walk along the Bathouse Row and took some pictures of this pretty town... There are 8 bathouses remaining from the original 20... Some are shut like Maurice and Lamar. The rest do not allow kids under 14 to come in and all offer packages with access to the thermal bath as well as some treatments... highly recommended... Fordyce bathhouse gives children a Hot Springs National Park Junior Ranger activity Book which is very informative and fun at the same time...
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This is the town where you find the Gangster Museum (we did not visit this) hence this great car parked in front of one of the hotels
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This is inside a shop dedicated to Mountain View a local spring source that sells water all over the country...
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You can drink hot or cold water throughout the town from fountains and it is really healthy as you can imagine... the temperature of the water is about 63 degrees Celsius so nice and warm!!!

We went to the bath with the children and the only place where they allowed kids under 14 was at the Arlington hotel.... boys and girls go separately so I had some time to myself!!! We all did a mud bath, followed by some hot towel wrapped around your body and I also had a steam cabinet which is so hot you think you are going to pass out!! Good fun and the kids enjoyed it... after fishy feet in Bali I think they will be high maintenance those kids ... watch out ladies!!!!

And I thought the mural in front of the cinema was cool.
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Posted by ealonso 21:09 Archived in USA Tagged tower springs park the book national hot promenade activity junior ranger bathouses Comments (0)

Memorial Skate Park in Bentonville - Arkansas

sunny 23 °C

Uma had bought Teo and Hayden a new skate board and helmets so we thought we would give it a go and went to the Skate Park in Memorial Park in town...

I brought my new Skorpions quads and both Teo and myself tired them on...
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The it was time for the kids to do their tricks on the ramps!!!
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I did try to go on the ramps but that did not work out that well!!!
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We then went to see Frank kite flying in the park.
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Posted by ealonso 20:49 Archived in USA Tagged park memorial arkansas skate bentonville Comments (0)

Wilderness drive through park - Gentry

sunny 20 °C

Today we decided to go to a big cat rescue centre next to Eureka.... so we get ourselves ready, get the food, the water, the cameras, the kids (very important the kids!), the shoes, the coats .... the sat nav... and off we go
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Check the sat nav and select what we thought the entry was on the sat nav .... and we go to Gentry, not quite where we thought it would be but nevertheless a kind of zoo, same price as the one we called, so we go in...

In fact we were in a completely different area!!!!! This one is not a rescue centre, there are more than big cats and you cannot feed the cats either...
But actually it was great... we did first a drive round the place and that was just huge ... a million animals, a million trees, a beautiful set up (a little bit like Whipsnade for those who know in terms of feel of great wilderness and prettiness)....
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Teo and Hayden got bored so they drove the car for a while!!
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We met some monkeys on the way that would just climb on your car ... the girls in the car ahead were feeding them so they were on their car for ages...
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We then went to the petting place where you could feed the goats, chickens, pigs and it was soooooo funny .... we all came in with our bags of food in the end and as soon as we walked in.... the goats attacked my bag and made a great big hole in it.... They were eager and it was very hilarious as they were so assertive .... if we can call that assertive ...
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We visited the wallabies and kangaroos and they were also so beautiful .. we could touch them and that are so so so soft it is lovely... One of the mummy had a baby in the pouch and the other one wanted to jump in with the brother ... hilarious!!!
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We decided to take a walk to a barn where we saw some monkeys on the way in and Melissa, a very kind lady who had served Teo and Hayden for the pet food recognised them... She loved their accent so ask them if they wanted to play with Sid .. a very funny looking monkey who hates adults and love playing with kids... The kids went straight in with their hands with both Frank and I looking a tat crazy just in case we would loose a finger or 2...
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As the kids were so at ease... Mel asked if we wanted to play with some other monkeys and we all said yes please!!! so she took us to an enclosure where there were 2 boys and 1 girl (they were her boyfriends!!!!) ... Mel had to remove the girlfriend as she could be a tat aggressive... then she asked Frank and I to get in to test the waters (thanks Mel!!!!)... so we stepped in and Mel said ... "just grab them when they come to you" .. so we did and it was amazing .. Milo and his friend were so cute and soft...
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So we let Teo and Hayden in and Milo adopted Teo and his friend adopted Hayden..... both monkeys fell asleep on the kids ... Melissa was impressed and said that this had never happened before!...
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A colleague from Mel brought in a baby monkey 4 months old who had to be removed from the parents in the wild as she was visiting the bear enclosure while mum was asleep .. so Mel is now her new mother, feeds her, changes her nappies and the baby is just attached to Mel like a real mum... Very sweet...
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After this Mel asked us to come up to the rear of the barn to another monkey's enclosure and she asked the big monkeys to dance and do tricks for us! We then went back in the barn to get her details as she wants to come to UK and she would be a great asset to Whipsnade I tell you!!! While we were chatting with Mel the kids discovered a mouse in the boa constrictors enclosure.. we asked Mel and she said it was the next diner .. I have never seen a mouse so still in my life...
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Teo and Hayden played with some sort of marmotte .... stroking its neck and it actually fell asleep hanging onto the cage railing! these kids have a gift I tell you!
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Posted by ealonso 19:19 Archived in USA Tagged park wilderness drive through gentry Comments (0)

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