Alison met us in Hot Springs and it was so exciting to have a car! We didn’t have to walk to the laundry, dinner or the library. The trail goes right through town. There is a vortex in Hot Springs though. Once you get in, it’s hard to get out. We tried to leave town twice. The first time we got out in the afternoon, got lost and then figured we were dehydrated and decided to stealth camp across the river, go back into town and get gatorade and eat a free supper for thru-hikers. There is a group that feeds thru-hikers every Thursday evening. Guess it was meant to be that we were to eat free food. 🙂 Then we actually walked back into town for breakfast the next morning before heading to the trail.
The first night in Hot Springs we stayed at a campground and there was a train track nearby. 3 times during the night the train went through and blew it’s horn. There were also lots of car lights and street lights. When you’re used to sleeping just under the stars, everything is bright. The showers were cold, but lovely.
The laundromat had benches and it was a cool place to hang out. Renee got a new shirt, so now she is sporting pink. This is much better than the white number that was slowly turning a grayish yellow. At the diner we were able to read children’s books from the Dolly Parton Imagination library. Reaper would read the forward by Dolly in his most southern accent and Renee would read the main portion of the book. Why does the mosquito buzz in people’s ears was Renee’s personal favorite. Other books included: Llama Llama misses Mama, The little engine that could and You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man. I think all restaurants should have books you can read while waiting for your food.