Saturday, March 31, 2012

Day Trip to Hot Springs!

After sleeping late, we decided to head to Hot Springs for the day.  It was noon when we arrived and since we didnt have any breakfast, we decided to head first to someplace for lunch.  I used Urbanspoon to look for someplace we had never been before.  I looked for something close to the area we were heading and I found the Red Oak Filling Station.  It just happen to be owned by an old friend of Doug's that moved to Hot Springs several years ago.
This old truck is parked at the front door  Notice the name of the resturant on the door of the truck.  The food was very good.
Doug walked out just as I snapped the pic. There must have been a motorcycle rally somewhere close because they were everywhere today.  It was a beautiful day to ride.
Next we headed to the new resort in the area called Catherine's Landing.
This is a pic of the office and check in area.  There is a gym, community area, wii and media room and fitness room in this building.  Next to it is a very large saline pool.
There are cabins that you can rent.  They have 1 bedroom with loft, fold out sofa a kitchen with a dishwasher, whower, washer and dryer, ac and flat screen tv.  They sleep up to 6.
Or Yurts that are available.  I must say I would much rather have a yurt than a tent.  They were very roomy and they are heated and cooled. There are 3 different sizes that sleep from 4-8+.  They are furnished and have fresh linens.
Of course there are rv sites.  All sites have full hook-ups including sewer, 50 amp service, BBQ grill, fire ring and picnic table.
All sites are concrete and have wi-fi available.  It's hard to tell but on the left you can see Lake Catherine.
There is a boat launch and dock for several boats.  There is plenty of places to fish.
This large pavilion will accomadate large groups. There is even a large countertop in the center with two sinks for cleaning up.

This is one of the restrooms.  This one also has a laundry.
This is a picture of the lake.  This part of the lake runs into the Quachita River so it is narrow.  This was a very pretty area.  It was quiet and close into town.  The downside would be that there are not alot of trees yet.  This was a dairy farm so it was mostly pasture.  They have planted over 150 trees but that will take a while to go any good.  The cost is high but there are alot of amenities.  The sites are $32 for a back-in, $36 for a pull-thru and $42 for a waterfront site.  They offer discounts for Good Sams club, AAA and another that I can't remember right now. Sorry, I am getting old you know.
When we left there we went looking for Doug a fishing boat.  He wants a used one but we were having trouble finding one.  We decided to go to Bradford marine to see if they had any used boats.  Of course they didnt .  They showed us just what we needed.

This was considerably more than we had planned on spending.  It was a nice boat though.  Do you think we could catch enough fish to pay for it.  LOL
It was only $12803.00.  Just $10000.00 more than we were going to spend.
After a long day of looking at RV sites, shopping (had to go look at shoes) and hunting for a fishing boat, we finished off the day eating at La Hacienda.  Good food, great day.
I'm ready to roll!