Ozarks spring weather

By hummingbirdhideaway
Winter seems to be making one last try at hanging on in the Ozarks. We're supposed to get a freeze tonight after the wind dies down. A couple years ago we had a 2 day April freeze that really confused the plants. That year we had had an unseasonably warm winter and everything started leafing out and blooming in March. We ended up having to clean up "fall" leaves in April! I must tell you, that was not an appreciated thing to add to spring yard clean up. It shouldn't be bad this year. Our trees are just starting to leaf out and the freeze is not supposed to last long.  We'll probably cover a few of the plants that are peaking up but most everything is still waiting to be planted. We'll keep our fingers crossed for the Mountain Home peach and berry producers. Lou won't be out fishing on Norfork Lake tonight, but if we get any good, credible information we'll pass it on. We have friends and guide friends that are fishing daily and we all share fishing info.

Trail Ride at Wild Bills, by Tricia

By wildbills
urday, November 7, 2009 The "Rake or Ride" Expedition   After my plans fell through to go kayaking on the Buffalo River today due to logistical problems, I knew that since I had promised myself I would get outside and absorb some of that much needed Vitamin D-supplying sunshine, the only other alternative seemed to be raking the leaves screaming for attention throughout my yard. I got out the rakes, but found it to be more fun riding them around the yard like a stick horse, than actually raking up the leaves! AHA! I remembered! The website for the kayak outfitter also had a section on horseback riding. That was it----I could "ride" instead of "rake"! After phoning them to make a reservation, and using Mapquest to tell me how long my drive to get there would be, I kissed the rakes good bye, saluted the piles of leaves in my yard, and headed for Wild Bill's Outfitters (, just a few miles south of Yellville, at the intersection of Highway 14 South and Highway 268 East. The place is a modern-day version of the old-fashioned general store, with everything from gas to groceries, a cafe, clean restrooms, Ozark-made souvenirs, ...

What is your favorite wine bottle opener?

By Blue_Lady
Wine Gadget: Wine Bottle Openers by Margie Roelands, Vintner, Raimondo Winery www.raimondowinery.comThere are many types of wine bottle openers.  What is your favorite wine bottle opener?·        Waiter’s Friend –  It is the basic folding corkscrew that folds up and can be easily held in your pocket. It is named for the fact that it is the traditional wine opener used by most restaurant servers and Sommeliers. It looks like a pocketknife and is a very versatile opener. Carry it in your pocket, suitcase, car, or use it at home. While different versions are offered at a wide range of prices, it is generally an inexpensive opener and sometimes is even a “giveaway” at a winery or wine event. It takes some muscle and some getting used to but it’s hard to beat for the price. Its usability and portability make it the perfect choice for a picnic or in a hotel room on vacation. Available in regular and double-hinged versions but the double-hinged version much easier to use.  Ah-So Opener – It’s the opener with two thin strips of metal that you slide down between the cork and the glass, then twist and pull to extract the cork. I wouldn’t ...

VFR - Another TLA (Three Letter Acronym)

But unlike most 3 letter acronyms, we really like those people that are Visiting Friends & Relatives.   North Arkansas, like many great places to visit, is also a great place to retire.  So, especially around the holiday time of year, we get to see a lot of people Visiting their Friends and Relatives. Often, VFRs end up fishing on the White or North Fork Rivers for trout during the holdays.  But, even if they are not brave enough to do this in the cold, they nearly always come back in a warmer season to either canoe on the  Buffalo River, take a houseboat on Norfork or Bull Shoals, or just hike through some of the Ozarks.  Those of us in the tourism industry consider VFRs as scouting trips for things to do later.   For those that may be a VFR, take a trip outside the house while you are here.   Enjoy a driving tour and scout your next vacation here in the Arkansas Ozark Mountains