my view from under the tent
my view from under the tent
Afterwards, we wanted to celebrate! We went over to McNivens, a Scottish pub on Mass Ave. They have one of my favorite things on a cold rainy day...an Irish coffee! Hot, delicious coffee-whipped cream-Irish whisky goodness. I should point out that McNivens is also great when it is warm out because they have huge windows in the front that open up to Mass Ave and it's a great place to hang out. I have only had their appetizers from the menu, but they were very good. Another one of my favorites! Jackie also had her very first Guinness, so we made sure to document that :)
I forgot to take a picture before I started...it looked much better, and ignore the mayonnaise
They also have an eating challenge available anytime...a 22 oz burger. Keith, a guy at work, actually did it and it was disgusting. If he held the burger up you couldn't see his face behind it. Anyway, if you are in to that kind of thing, you can get your pic on their wall!
The next morning we continued our trip to Hot Springs Village. After lunch and spending time with Betty and Cliff, we headed to Hot Springs to explore the town. So, Hot Springs is obviously known for the natural hot springs that come up out of the ground there. I was actually surprised at how hot they were! The town used to be pretty famous for the celebs and mafia who used to come and pay to take baths in the "pure" hot springs. (NASA later proved that there is actually microscopic bacteria in the water) Now, they still have the old bath houses, but they are mostly modern spas instead. You can still see some of the springs and get up close and touch if you would like. I would also like to point out that this was Bill Clinton's childhood home. Ryan spent a lot of time here growing up, so if you EVER need tourist info on Hot Springs, he's your man (seriously, he has been to every attraction). On Sunday we did some hiking at a nearby state park which was beautiful. It was great that his grandparents were also able to join us.
One of the hot springs
Me and the hot water
Ryan and his grandpa at one of the overlooks
We drove most of the day Monday, it's about a 10 hour drive home, but we did make a stop at Lambert's for lunch. We were passing it around 11am, very convenient. Lambert's is this country style restaurant that gives you a lot of food, throws your rolls at you, and is delicious. I wish I had a picture of Ryan's chicken salad, they seriously served him about a pound (it has made 3 sandwiches so far)
take home box...
There goes Molly!
HOOP seems to have a great reputation with the homeless, and they don't force anything on anyone. People come and take food/clothes at their own desire and that is it, they are simply out to serve. Lastly, a couple of the men I talked to were military veterans, which made me really sad. They served our country, and are somehow falling through the cracks (some by their own choice). Anyway, what a blessing for us to be able to go and serve these great people. Our leader, Janie, has been doing this weekly for several years and you can just see her love for people. It made me so thankful that God creates us all so differently and moves us in different directions to fulfill the needs of others.