If you know us at all, you know we love animals. Especially big cats.
Eureka Springs has to be one of the quirkiest places we have ever visited. While becoming famous for it’s “healing springs,” it also has a Bible museum, a (totally haunted) hotel, that was turned into a hospital then turned back into a hotel (with pretty delicious pizza), an abandoned dinosaur park, and the Christ of the Ozarks, which you’re just going to have to Google to see.
Eureka Springs is also the home to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, an animal sanctuary for big cats, and a few bears.
Now, before people starting pouncing on us (pun at first unintended but then intended) for visiting a place like this, Turpentine Creek’s mission statement is to provide lifetime refuge for abandoned, abused and neglected big cats with an emphasis on tigers, lions, leopards, and cougars. All the rescues have large spaces to roam around in and get the care they need to live out the rest of their lives as peaceful as they can.
We spent the following days wandering around the downtown area, exploring (yet another) Civil War battlefield and napping, as we do on most vacations. Driving through the town is simultaneously fun and terrifying with its ups and downs and curving around.
We walked away with two mugs from Turpentine Creek and some delicious coffee from Eureka’s Nut House. I think this picture probably sums up this trip pretty well.
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