Welcome to my on-line newsletter about the Buffalo National River, the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas and Harrison, my home town. It is always under construction! Hello again from the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. Wow what a difference a week or two makes! Everything is starting to turn green. I can see lots of redbuds and some dogwoods are already in bloom. The display of spring flowers is very beautiful and I encourage you to get out and see them all. The past few days have been very nice here. Pleasant daytime temperatures and nothing below freezing at night. We did have some rain a week ago, which brought the Buffalo River up. We are hoping for more rain and excellent floating conditions this spring. Daylight savings time has arrived and that to me signals the beginning of the outdoor season, a season for floating and hiking and camping out under the stars. To be able to have another evening hour in the spring, enjoying the splendid, natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, around a campfire or down at the old swimmin hole with friends, folks that's what enjoying life is all about! I sure hope that you get the opportunity this year to come to Northwest Arkansas and step back from your normal city hustle and bustle, and relax and enjoy our neck of the woods.
As I mentioned last issue, I am trying to answer some general questions about such things as my favorite hikes, what kind of gear I take with me when I go hiking, where to find a great waterfall and such. Although I do like to spend alot of my time alone, I also like to take the time to enjoy the companionship of my friends and entertain them in style while treating myself to luxurious surroundings. When I want to be centrally located to all the major activities of Northwest Arkansas, such as hiking or canoeing or horseback riding, one of my most favorite places is Azalea Falls. Recently I had the chance to stay in their cabin, which is really not a cabin but a 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath luxury home.
Of course one of the reasons why both their lodge and their cabin are so nice is Kathy Trimble. She spends enormous amounts of time making sure that everything is just perfect, down to my favorite cookies in the cookie jar, and a bottle of champagne and a chilled glass in the fridge! The decorations and furnishings are beautiful and set the style of comfort and elegance. Kathy had planned to run down to Little Rock for a couple days to visit family, so Alf and I had a couple days to goof off. Alf also had a rock climbing session scheduled for that week, but we were going to have plenty of time to get out and walk around. The weather looked great for the next several days.
I have often invited my friends to dine with me while staying here. Another of my favorite things is to be able to have the use of a gourmet kitchen. This cabin has it in spades! From the complete set of cooking utensils, pots, pans, fancy china and flatware to all the modern conveniences of home, including dishwasher, microwave, oven and of course, coffee pot, toaster and other such things. I truly enjoy entertaining here, and my friends enjoy it too!
Alf told me that in that area there was a huge natural bridge-like formation (top picture) and then on
the other side of the same hollow, a much smaller one and a very large outcrop of rock.
It was about two miles down the old road when Alf veered off down a small trail and then
we came to it, the natural bridge. Wow! It was huge. How the bridge formed was a mystery
to me, but apparently a large amount of water once washed through what was once a small
hole, and enlarged it to the size we saw. Across the small hollow we could see a large
After exploring the natural bridge we backtracked a short bit and went over to the large rock formation, know locally as Buzzard's Roost. We had a great view of the national forest from the top and Alf found a small trail that went around the entire formation. While he went around the base I stayed on top and took a few more pictures. The sun was out and the weather was quite nice, close to sixty degrees I would guess, and it felt good to be out, enjoying the wonders of our beautiful area. We spent several hours on this hike and a few more in travel time but it was definitely worth the trip. Back at the cabin Alf and I had a nice supper and then I retired into the entertainment area to watch a movie while Alf headed back up to his place and to bed. He had a rock climbing gig in the morning.
Folks, the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas offers some of the very finest natural, pristine beauty in the nation. Whether you want to canoe, hike, trail ride or take a road trip Azalea Falls is perfectly located to make access very easy. I suspect however, that once you are snuggled into Azalea Fall's Luxury Cabin, you just might not want to leave. You can't find a better place to spend time with your family, or friends in all the Ozarks. The impeccable accommodations along with the depth of knowledge that Alf has about the area makes Azalea Falls a unique place to spend your vacation time. Grab the kids away from the computer, take your wife out of the kitchen and give them and yourself a treat. Spend time with them in the great outdoors, play along the river, hike in the national forest or wilderness areas, canoe down the Buffalo National River, visit the tallest waterfall in middle America. It will be a vacation to remember.