Thanks, GaPL, and BShaef. I've been reading the EAA sight and have friends of friends who have built planes. Right now, I'm building a boat (just a small one) but it's taking longer than it ought (perhaps because I have two young children at home).
Anyway, my thought is to build something with either an open cockpit, or a very slow stall speed and short take off roll. The idea would be to land on a tiny little piece of ground near a home out in the country. I want to fly to have fun, not because I have to.
BTW-Recent Saudi instability is making the news. Should make domestic energy supplies move valuable.