Photo Taken in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Nice Ozarks Map

I was just looking at my favorite map of the Ozarks and it occurred to me that it would be nice to have it here for you folks to see.

Many people associate the Ozark Mountains with Arkansas, but clearly two-thirds of the region is in Missouri.  Also, a lot of people aren't aware that a fairly large chunk of the Ozarks can be found in Oklahoma.  There's just a tiny portion in Kansas, the state which has been home to both sides of my family since emigrating from Ireland and Germany in the 1800s.  I wasn't even aware that there's portions in Illinois until I did some research.  I learned that they are referred to as the Illinois Ozarks and aren't considered as part of the Ozarks, although they share the name.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

My Log Cabin Dream

After posting the acreage near Vichy, I had to come back and post pictures of the log cabin I would love to build on land like that.

This log cabin is actually one of several you can stay in and I recommend that you do.  It is Tall Pines Inn in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  It is the coziest and most comfortable place I've ever been in.  I felt totally at home.  And it lives up to its name as there are tall pines everywhere.

I could actually make this a complete home.  You can't see it in the picture, but there's room in one corner for a small kitchen.  Small house living or tiny houses are becoming increasingly popular.  I never expected to become part of the movement, but truth is, I'd be very comfortable in a space this small.  I'd love the savings in utilities!

Another thing I wanted to point out about the Maries County land is that the open space and open hill remind me of the dairy farms I love driving by in the Ozarks.  When I lived there full-time, I really took to seeing the cows in the open pastureland with a few trees randomly about and then framed by the thick forests all around.

Friday, November 5, 2010

I Love This Land

I found this 3.1 acre parcel in Maries County near Vichy, Missouri for only $8,000 and it's got electricity.  Get this, taxes are $1.87 a year.  Vichy is just 10 miles from Rolla.  I've always really liked Rolla.  When I used to get turned around near Springfield and get on Interstate 44, better known as Route 66, instead of Highway 60, I'd hit Rolla and realize my mistake and start heading south through the hills.  The roads in the Ozarks are so curvy and wonderful.  It is so much fun to drive there, so it was a welcome mistake.  I discovered I really liked Rolla and how pretty it is around there.

Here's some photos of the acreage.

It is about 70% open and 30% wooded.  I would really like to own this, but I've got to buy a house before I buy land.  If it's still available in a couple of years, I may buy it.  Here's the realtor:  Weidinger Real Estate.  You may just get it before I do.  If so, invite me by!