So, we found our new vacation spot - Hot Springs. We stayed at the Arlington Hotel. This place was like stying in a History Museum. It wasn't quite as luxurious as I thought it would be, but the history of it was exciting. Several Presidents have stayed there for their spa getaways. The coolest thing for me was staying a few rooms down from where Al Capone stayed several weeks out of the year. He would come for the great spas and the gambling.
Speaking of spas... We had a wonderfully relaxing experience at the Arlington Spa. We had a Hot Springs mineral water bath, sauna, body wrap, and massage. It was beautiful. I was worried that JJ might not like it since he hates lotion and being hot. But he liked it.
There were quite a few museums that we look forward to trying out next time. We did get to go to the Mid America Science Museum. JJ was excited about that because they had a Tesla coil (it's an electrical thing).
We wanted to see some gardens, but we got there too late, so we'll be seeing that next time too. The drive to Hot Springs and around the area was gorgeous, so we weren't too disappointed that we missed it.
We did have one big disappointment though. JJ decided he wanted to go to Murfreesboro and mine for diamonds since it was only an hour away. But, we were running low on time, so we found a crystal mine that was a lot closer. Since Murfreesboro is only $7 to get in, we assumed it would be close to the same to get into the crystal mine. No, it was $20 plus the cost of gloves, digging utensils, and gloves. Ridiculous. We spent a few hours out there and found a few small crystals and one big one that was stuck in a rock that weighed as much as me, so we left it. Thankfully, the lady let us take home one of the crystals that they had found that they priced at $30 so we could get our money's worth out of the ordeal. Well, when we were picking it out, I sliced my thumb on the sharp edge of one. OUCH! Fortunately, they had some band aids (it happens pretty often).
Anyway, it was a wonderful, relaxing, rejuvenating trip. It was so good to spend so much time with JJ to just relax. I'm so glad we got to take this trip. If you haven't had some alone time with your spouse recently, I recommend taking a trip to Hot Springs soon.