Team Rockhouse

“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”

~ Babe Ruth

Sunday 21 March 2021 a group of us visited the property for VALIANT Ozarkia Rockhouse. In order to get where we were going on the property, and get home from there, we needed to work together as a team. We did, and things went very well. (VALIANT stands for voluntaryists & agorists living in absolute non-aggression today, by the way.)

One of the first things we noticed was the sound of a tyre leak from Kerrie’s left rear tyre on her car. One of our group, David, spent some time getting a jack started under the car, and found the leak in the sidewall. Chris Chew had some duct tape which we used to try patching the leak. I read Kerrie’s user manual and found where the spare is hidden under the trunk of the car, with a deployment nut that had to be turned quite a lot to get the little platform to descend with the spare. Good size spare, though. We eventually decided to go explore the property for a few hours and come back.

So, we set off in two vehicles. The SUV that I drive has all-wheel drive and David’s truck has 4 wheel drive so those were the ones we took. The roads were quite muddy. Even though it had not rained in several days, there were problems getting through. Some areas were still quite wet, because of spring water crossing the pathway.

So we had a bit of an adventure. Within about two hundred yards of the gate, I slid in a muddy patch up against a downed tree and couldn’t open my driver side door. We got out, assessed the situation, worked together, and got the SUV unstuck after a few minutes.

After a little drive through the woods and past a large clearing where I had previously camped, we came to the spring-fed pond. We parked there and opted to explore further down the path to see if the way ahead offered a good spot for turning around. In the event, it did not, but we’ll come back to that point later. As Chris and I and others had done a previous weekend, we explored down the trail to the tree fall across the water.

Shown above and at left, photos from a previous visit in March.

As we walked along, the path petered out and we were in woods and underbrush. We were headed upstream to find the sources of the water feeding the pond. Toward the north end of the valley we found a waterfall making about a 35 foot drop from above. To get a better view, we proceeded to the West side of the creekbed and then began hiking up the side of the hill.

There were two levels up. At the lower level, David and Ash found a wide rock spire that rises about 20 feet above the ground, and had already climbed it by the time I got near. We sat up there and admired the view for a bit. Then we considered our options for reaching the very top of the ridge near the northwest corner of the property. There seemed to be two possibilities, one right in front of us that was a path up a sort of corner between two rock formations which proved to be the way we went. There also was a path around one of those rock formations closer toward the waterfall, but it was not certain to lead to a way up without ropes, so we chatted about it and chose the way we could see.

That went very well, and we ascended with a bit of scrambling and scraping, but no incidents. At the top there we found a long path which had been reinforced with crushed rock. We sat together on the stumps of a clumb of trees that had been cut down and pushed aside. The road we were on connects to a larger grazing land we could see further to the north, and past a fence, clearly intended to keep cattle away from the drop we had just ascended.

The waterfall at the top of the gulch. photo credit David Hernandez

We talked a bit about getting permission to use that roadway and building a zip line, or possibly more than one zip line, down and across the valley, or just down toward the pond. It was a fun discussion.

After resting about ten minutes, we made our way back down. We got to the stream bed from the waterfall and followed it to our vehicles.

Since the way forward had no place to turn around, Dave backed into the path toward the dam that forms the pond, and was able to get fully back on the road headed the way we had come from. I did less well with this turning exercise and again became stuck. Again, we worked together as a team and made our way back to where we had left Chris’s car and Kerrie’s cross-over.

There we again worked together with various air compressors I keep in my car, trying to get the busted tyre to hold some air and then to get a jack in the muddy soil to lift the wheel. Eventually, everyone working together and finding flat stones and using three different jacks at different times, the spare was mounted, every lug nut tightened down, and folks began heading out. Hugs all around.

I lagged behind a bit and chatted with Chris who had determined to camp overnight Sunday and Monday and take some photographs. Here he is during that visit:

As you can see, it is still cool in the Ozark Mountains, but there’s plenty of exercise to be had walking about the property, most of which has been left in its natural condition. My own guess is that maybe 60 or 70 years ago, someone came in and logged out the hardwood trees. Some of the cedars are quite tall, and there are also many oaks of various heights and thicknesses to lend some credence to this guess.

Chris is standing next to one of the small bodies of water on the property, formed in this case by one or more springs on the property. We found several watercourses that combine to make the main channel to the spring fed pond, which explains some of its significant outflow. We won’t have any trouble with water, even if it turns out that some of the springs are seasonal, since about four hundred feet from our front gate is the King’s River.

On several of our recent trips, we’ve met folks coming to visit at a place on the nearby highway (Arkansas state 221) called Kings River Outfitters. It offers a shuttle service to folks who are rafting and kayaking, has a landing of its own and is near the Trigger Gap Outfitters which is another landing across the way. There is a campground and cabins for rent and they can provide you all your needs for a fun float trip.

On our visit Sunday 21 March we met Ernie Kilman who is the proprietor of Kings River Outfitters. His business card says “Eureka Fine Art Gallery” and you can see samples of his work if you come to the Kings River Outfitters or to his art gallery in Eureka Springs. The domain on his card seems to have lapsed and been grabbed by a squatter, but there is a site maintained by an association of galleries that has some examples of what you’d find there. His most impressive pieces show the different waterfalls and features found along the rivers here in the Ozarks, most of which he painted while sitting in a canoe. That’s how he got his claimstake for the outfitters place, he says. He mentioned his originals are selling at $1,200 each, and they do have great realism to my eye.

Here are some additional photos from Chris’s camping at the site. Chris heard coyotes and met a rattlesnake that was coiled and hissing and rattling, but backed off and did not get bit. No wild pigs and no bear and no mountain lion on his visit.

An ATV trail with crushed rock through the woods used by the hunters from whom the land is being purchased.

Above a small cave and a tall tree at the face of a bluff.

The utility corridor at the front of the property.

A close up view of one of the creeks on the property.

Above, a view along the bluff with a small cave.

Above, Chris stands below a rise of land.

Above, one of the clearings in the woods.

A stream on the property with some fallen timbers.

Hammock camping site.

“Roads go ever ever on, Over rock and under tree, By caves where never sun has shone, By streams that never find the sea; Over snow by winter sown, And through the merry flowers of June, Over grass and over stone, And under mountains in the moon.” ~ JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

VALIANT Ozarkia Rockhouse welcomes you! You’d be very welcome to come visit, or stay and build.

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