It’s been over a month since we’ve been off the Appalachian Trail (read about our thru-hike here). We have the itch to travel again. This time we’re taking a road trip to explore Arkansas, Kentucky, and Ohio. Along the way, we’ll visit some parks we’ve not been to before. Our first stop will be to hike Hot Springs National Park. Road trips are best when you take the country way. We take a north-east route through small-town Texas, eventually passing through Texarkana into Arkansas: the natural state. A few hours later, after taking in small-town Arkansas, we arrive in Hot Springs. Our first stop is the Ouachita Outdoor Outfitters– a gear shop with a friendly staff and everything a hiker needs. If you haven’t been to Hot Springs before, be prepared for the zoo. Like most national parks, it’s busy. This park is different from most others though in that it is more of a historic site than a wilderness destination. The visitor center is the Fordyce Bathhouse, which is right in the heart of chaos.