I'm born and raised Northern Californian and just made my first property purchase! In Dent County Missouri! 9.64 acres bordering Mark Twain NF!
Was in Missouri last summer visiting family and camped out at Meramec State Park http://mostateparks.com/park/meramec-state-park
and even with the humidity and the bugs (that kept aiming for my eyes) oh and the overnight "storm" really just ALOT of rain that sent a river through our tent and "flash" flooded the road out of the park... not that it bothered us
we were happy to just stay put... even with all that it was the most amazing place, everyone we met was so friendly, big rigs even made room for us on the freeway! that doesn't happen here! I call California "the hurrry up and wait state" no joke!
Excited to be moving to beautiful Missouri!