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View versus Trees

This blog has little to do with travel and tourism in the Arkansas Ozarks.  But it does represent the issues that we face here in the Ozarks and in many other places across the US. My home sets on a ridge top.  Although I only have 3 acres of land, I am pretty much surrounded by hardwood trees.  My neighbors, or hardly anything else is barely visible through the foliage.  This past winter, thanks to an extreme ice storm, many of the trees upper limbs and branches were broken off which opened up a view to the valley below that we had never seen.  It was fantastic,  We could see from our living room at least 10 miles over to and beyond Bull Shoals lake and the White River. Pictured here is a somewhat blurry photo taken from my window using a cell phone of a rafter of turkeys in my yard this winter.  Nearly 50 birds.  You get the idea - I live in a fantastics place.   Now here is the problem.  The leaves have grown back on the trees and our view is obstructed by only a couple beautiful and majestic trees.  We highly value the oaks - ...

Where to Stay in the Ozarks

As mentioned in my White River Trout Fishing blog entry, my Ozark mountain lodging management experience began 17 years ago when my wife and I bought our first resort here in Arkansas.  From that time forward, I have answered the question, "Where should I stay?". Styles of lodging varies as much as the interests of travelers.  The cities of Harrison and Mountain Home both have a variety of chain and privately owned motels.  Resorts on Bull Shoals Lake, Lake Norfork, and the White River have a variety of full service resorts to privately owned houses managed for short term rentals.  Areas surrounding the Buffalo River abound with secluded cabins widely ranging in levels of comfort and amenities.  Therefore, the answer to the question of where to stay in the Ozarks is most frequently followed with my own question, "What do you want to do?".   Another question that the Ozark vacationer should ask themselves is, "Who am i traveling with?".   If traveling with people that do not want to prepare their own food, then know that a secluded cabin may have a long drive to a restaurant.   If  your husband cannot stand to be without internet connection for ...