I was up at 5:45am Sunday morning. It was still dark outside, and I tried to go back to sleep, but to no avail. It was the first morning at our Hot Springs, Arkansas VRBO rental, and I wanted to see the sunrise. I pulled a jacket over my pajamas and headed down the back steps to catch the first rays of sun peek out through the tall pine trees.
The rest of the family was still snug in their beds, but I got to enjoy the majesty of the dawn.
The sunlight lit up the mist on the lake, and I watched the ducks glide by.
We were still in the shade, but the sun hit just beyond the neighbor’s dock.
Then it lit up the shore like a fire.
And the whole neighborhood turned golden.
How about the vivid colors on this 85-year-old map, eh? Bright and sparkly and looking brand-new.
Take a gander at that one again. The icon they show for the largest population only shows over 500,000. But that was in 1930, when none of us was alive to fill the census count.
Today’s overcast sky and drop from yesterday’s record 80 degrees to today’s mid-40s reminds me of similar weather during our November Hot Springs, Arkansas visit. Sometimes an overcast sky can make for a peaceful, placid picture. Until the geese get moving, that is.
The view of downtown as we rounded a hill proved cozy and charming, white steeple hidden in the clouds.
Autumn leaves littered the streets, where a green banner proclaimed a Chili Cook-Off, of which we later partook.
And further down on Bathhouse Row, we stopped for a cold craft beer, a refreshing end to the day.
Last week, we vacationed in Hot Springs, Arkansas, renting a lakeside home that allowed for this beautiful sunrise shot. Sunlight soon spilled over the back deck.
Tuesday morning was a different story; the sky was overcast, and ducks floated past the fog at dawn.
It lent a nice ethereal quality to the morning.
No matter the weather, we tried to abide by the sign.
The ducks and I were up before the sun on Tuesday. I had an urge to don a Katherine Hepburn white turtleneck and yell, “The loons! The looons! They’re welcoming us back!”
Just got back from a quick trip to Hot Springs, Arkansas. What lovely foliage they have!