Saturday, June 16, 2007

Now that's one hot spring

Hot Springs today. This place is only 40 minutes down the road from us and we just now made the trip. (I feel the need to point out that Julia is wearing a skort. She is not revealing any undergarments in this picture.)

First we went into the Fordyce bath house, where sick, rich people came to soak in the healing waters of the natural hot springs way back a long time ago. And now, poor white children can do it for free.

Julia in a big old bathtub. And I mean OLD.

The girls near one of the springs. Jenna was just then noticing I had put her hair in pigtails.

Turns out the ice cream in Hot Springs has healing powers, too.

Hot Springs has statues all over the place, and I thought the photo I took of this one turned out kinda cool. Talk about shooting the bird! Ha ha

Then we drove to the top of the mountain where Julia nearly fell off. Instead of helping her, we just took this picture.

Four Nall women: Me, Jenna, Rita (Chad's mom) and Julia. You may notice Jenna is not wearing pants. At least the rest of us are. Three out of four ain't bad.

One thing that's neat about Hot Springs is that all different kinds of people go there. Up on the mountain, we encountered a biker gang (the members of which were really nice -- Jenna kept talking to one guy and he was very careful to hold his cigarette away from her) and a young Mennonite couple. I wanted to take their picture all together, but I figured it would have been tacky to ask.



  • At Sun Jun 17, 06:43:00 AM, Blogger SJ said…

    We love Hot Springs. If you are a fan of BBQ, McClard's is awesome. The Mid-America Science museum is fun for kids.

  • At Sun Jun 17, 07:42:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Loved your post today...but really commenting on post about Anne Lamont...Hopefully you have read Traveling Anne is funny but I just told someone the other day that I could not read any Christian writers right now ESPECIALLY women writers except Anne Lamont...I have commented before that you don't know me but I love your writing and your sweet and somewhat cynical take on things...reminds me of another gal a few years ago...Signed:
    Living vicariously through you in Texas

  • At Tue Jun 19, 07:11:00 AM, Blogger Beverly said…

    Man, your girls are so big now.

  • At Wed Jun 20, 04:02:00 PM, Blogger Keith Brenton said…

    That fudge-and-ice cream place is a favorite of ours when we go to Hot Springs. The toy store used to be, but our kids (sniff) are growing out of it. They still love Mid-America Museum across town.

    We ride one of the Ducks when we feel adventurous ... just be aware that one of them blew a propellor gasket in 1999 and sank in 30 seconds, killing 13 people. (We're all pretty strong swimmers.)

  • At Thu Jun 21, 08:07:00 PM, Anonymous Jill said…

    Hi Deana! I hope Rita's visit is going well! We miss you guys. I have a niece that reads your blog every day. She thinks you are so funny. She loves the way you write. Give Chad and the girls a hug. Let us know what you have been up to.

  • At Mon Jun 25, 09:26:00 AM, Blogger Mary Lou said…

    Kim and I took the boys to Hot Springs back in about 1984, in July. Really hot! We went to the Mid-America Science museum and some theme park. So much fun. We got the trip through a time share thing and had to agree to ride around looking at land. Less than an hour couped up in the same car with 7, 5, and 2 1/2 year olds...the guy was willing to say enjoy your time here and that he'd done his job. & we thought the boys had done very well on the boring long drive. ha.


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