Introductions

Welcome to our Blog!

Watch as 3 Seattle urbanites move to the Cascades to start a guest ranch and raise alpacas (fiber and breeding), llamas (for hiking the awesome trails), and hosting guests in Yurts (rustic upscale camping)

 

Wow!  Talk about a radical sabbatical! We’ve taken the plunge.  Yup, this is the escape from corporate America plan…no more working for ‘da man’…time to be our own bosses.  So we put our heads together a couple years ago and started planning for a business that would bring a little bit more meaning and substance into this world.  Heck, we figured, to survive in corporate America you have to become a corporation. So why not!
 
After months of planning, much research, and assessing of our skills and abilities, we really think we’ve got a great plan underway.  We’ve got a reinvention of the family farm that we hope will bring a greater awareness of the environment, self-sufficency, good green practices, and the majestic Mountain Loop Highway, a national scenic byway that is known for its great camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, cross country skiing, and many outdoor attractions from old ghosts towns and railroad tunnels, to ice caves and mountain lakes.
 
So follow along in our blog as 2006 becomes the year of constructing the ranch.  While we’ll be highlighting the journey and progress we make, we’ll also be including a number of different topics and our challenges and decisions we make to get there.  Watch for blog entries that highlight the nearby attractions and sites, information on llamas and alpacas, progress reports (including pictures), and more about how we decided to go from the urban city dwellers to the lush greenery of forest land.
 
Welcome to our journey!
 
Warmest Regards,
David Capocci, Glenn Budlow, and Tim Leingang
 
 
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About David

Making manifest the change I want to see in the world through the hospitality of a humble little homestead campground with yurts and alpacas.
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5 Responses to Introductions

  1. Unknown says:

    I think your choices are great.  My family and I live on a farm in British Columbia, Canada.  I had to have a giggle when you were talking about fencing the pasture and running to the end of your wire fence – where and how to join the ends to continue?  hahaYes it can be tricky.  Just thought I\’d let you know you can contact me if you need any help on the farming or farm related issues.  I certainly don\’t mind sharing my knowledge.
    Take care you are doing a great job.
    Lili

  2. Gian says:

    I was wondering, how come you guys chose llamas and alpacas?  which are native from Peru and the Andes.  

  3. caroline says:

    Fantastic! Alpacas!!.. We live in a small village on the coast of North Ayrshire (Scotland) Alpacas are great animals to keep they dont poach the ground and are easy to winter… there is 2 alpaca keepers in scotland and hopefully i will be the third soon.. The village i live in has been given the craft town award so alpaca wool would be great for making and using in crafts.. GOOD LUCK and ALL THE BEST with  youre venture… any advice wanted  regarding Alpacas  please fell free to e mail me … Caroline .. 

  4. Cara says:

    I was just standing in the shower last night and was thinking that if I had a farm I would include a few alpacas, and then I stumble onto this. What an awesome I idea. I have been learning to enjoy camping and will definitely make a pit stop on your farm when you\’re ready. Best of luck with everything!

  5. David says:

    Thank you Caroline and Dragontail69 for both of your comments. 
     
    Caroline, you\’ll have to checkout the bloodlines available in the Pacific Northwest states (Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and even California).  They are quite outstanding in the fiber characteristics.  Some of the largest ranches (500 to 1000 animals!)
     
    Dragontail69, we look forward to a visit! 
     
    Thanks Gian Carlo for also signing my guestbook!  We chose llamas and alpacas based on a variety of criteria ranging from the investment potential to environmental impact.  While you are absolutely correct about them originating in Peru, Chile, and Bolivia, they also are quite the cottage industry experiencing nice growth in the United States. However, once you lay your eyes on these animals, I simply found it hard to resist the call.  I knew they would be in my life, some way, shape, or form. 🙂
     

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