Rock Eddy Bluff Farm is a refuge. It has provided a haven to our guests over the years and has been our own sanctuary. We wished this place into being. It wasn’t easy.
We were in our late-40’s when we made some decisions that dramatically changed our lives. Together after failed marriages, we determined to relax our pace of living and find time to dwell a little closer to the bone – to stop forever postponing enjoyments and start having them. We resolved to simplify our lives and begin focusing on what was most important to us.
The effects can be now be found everywhere. We took a huge risk and moved out of secure jobs. We returned to the rural area where we were both raised. We got re-involved with nature, birds, animals, history, lots of stuff. We watched more sunsets, swam in the creek, discovered new wildflowers, played in the snow. We traveled. We put more adventure in our lives. We spend more time appreciating.
Rock Eddy Bluff (the country business) was an afterthought. The idea for such a thing occurred to us later, after our repatriation. It germinated from the realization that we were profoundly lucky to have this special place. That we should share it!
We are greatly enriched by our guests. While we live in relative seclusion, we are simulated by contact with the diverse and interesting folks who travel down our long lane. It is the best of two worlds.
Why the name “Rock Eddy Bluff?”? Entering Maries County from the south, the Gasconade River curves in a broad sweep against wooded hills, quickens over a shoal, then relaxes into a deeper pool set against limestone bluffs. Because a series of large boulders rise above the water here, this short stretch of the river has long been known locally as “Rock Eddy “. It is on the high bluffs above that we built our house. Hence the name: “Rock Eddy Bluff”.
We published a book in early 2008 about our life in the hills, stories from hereabouts, history, special travel experiences, and reflections and musings on various gentle topics. The title is “A High Sunny Place”, so you have some idea that nearly all the pieces were composed from our perch high on the Bluff at Rock Eddy. It can be ordered here or you can peruse a copy during your next visit.