Immersed in America’s Hot and Bubbling First National Park

My August Subaru Adventure in Hot Springs Arkansas

I don’t know if you have had similar feelings and experiences.

You are impressed when passing by a place and at the time, you think you will visit again in the future. However, with the passage of time, this only visit gradually becomes a vague distant memory; while other places are quite plain at first, you think that you would turn around and quickly forget about them, but this place is so magical that you go back again and again. . .

Hot Springs Arkansas, is the second kind of city. In August this year, we came to Hot Spring for the third time.

Hot Springs
Hot Springs
Downtown Hot Springs

This kind of magic reminds me of the song “Fairy Tale” lyrics:

In that misty morning
When I saw your smiling face
You only looked at me
and I was yours


One of the main purposes we visit Hot Springs is for its naturally heated springs. Not only we would bathe in the famous bathhouses established in the 19th and 20th centuries in hot springs, but also we would fill some containers with hot springs as drinking curing water, which is common practice even for the Hot Springs locals.

Hot Springs Historic Bath Houses
Hot spring Bath houses
Hot spring Bath houses
Hot Springs National Park
Hot Springs National Park

The mineral waters of Hot Springs are my magical elixir:

In that misty morning
When I tasted your sweet drops
You only winked at me
And I was yours

Each time we are in Hot Springs, we do something different from the previous times too. Hot Springs has never failed to impress us.

This time, with our Subaru, we explored the mountains and stayed at a lakefront condo on Lake Hamilton.

Boardwalk at the Condos
Lake Hamilton
Boardwalk at the Lake Hamilton Condo
Waterfront Condo
Lake Hamilton Waterfront Condo

Hitting the courses

To our delight, we found some very nice golf courses in the mountains.

Diamondhead Country Club
Diamondhead Country Club

On August 11, 2020, we played the 18-hole course at Diamondhead Country Club and by the time we were on the 9th hole, a thunderstorm hit the golf course: thunder and lightning…we were thinking about following the other players, meaning: QUIT! However, we came all the way from Houston and the course is so beautiful and we hadn’t played golf for really really 1000 years and we prepaid for it already…we made a brave and foolish decision to continue on.

Luckily the storm was brief. Not only we did not get soaked, but also we got the whole golf course to ourselves until the very end of the game.

Fairing the weather

On August 12, 2020, the forecast predicted storm all day. We stayed in the condo looking at the lake and clouds.

View from the Condo
View from the Condo

In the afternoon, we decided to take some chances and went to the Lakeside Golf Country Club, which is nestled around a gorgeous environment that sits on the banks of Lake Catherine. The road to get there is full of twists and turns. Our Subaru did an amazing job.

Threatened by a sudden storm any minute, we only played 9 holes. No other players anywhere around. We lucked out again: the sun showed up.

Each time I visit Hot Springs, I feel rejuvenated, maybe because of the natural springs baths, maybe because of the mountains and the fresh air, maybe because of the mineral water, maybe just because of my special bonding with the place. Hot Springs is truly a magical place for me.

In a couple of days, I will take another road trip with my Subaru Crosstrek. We are heading to the Big Bend National Park, for the first time! Is it going to be an one time visit or a spiritual home for me to go back to over and over again? Let’s wait and see!

Until next time and please take care!

Red Subaru Crosstrek 2019