Category Archives: General

Yurt + Autumn and Winter = More Adventures Outdoors

Picture this, the Mountain Loop Highway known for its scenic vistas and drives, hiking trails and campgrounds.  Many attractions abound, including ice caves, old railroad tunnels, alpine lakes, mountain meadows, old mining ghost town of Monte Cristo, waterfalls, canyons, caves, … Continue reading

Posted in General, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Of birds and blossoms, crepes and dancing

The blooming and ripening of summer sees our first berries poking out of the overgrowth around us; blackberries, huckleberries, taking center stage.  Our zucchini plants have some blossoms too.   This, of course, had me waiting for each one to pick … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Awww, look! The snow is pretty, not scary!

Well, this winter does continue to surprise me. This MLK weekend turned out to be nice outside.  The play of sun and clouds over the mountains, the snow sparkling on the ground like little crystals, a calmness and stillness to … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

A new edition to my blog space!

So notice anything new here? Hmmmm?  THat’s right!  That is our new logo adorning the top of the blog!  Our good friend Leon designed it for us (which was a way better process than our first attempt with this awful … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

PHOTOS! Oregon Trip 8-12 to 8-18 Alpaca Training

Check out the photo album for the COMPLETE collection of photos from the Oregon trip in the PHOTO ALBUM> "Oregon Trip 8-12 to 8-18 Alpaca Training"   A nice slideshow with all the captions recap the story for you!   … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Back in Seattle, Up to the land, and a visit with Uber

What a long and hard working trip that was!  I learned an amazing amount of information and now it is time to put it into practice.  When I got back into the city, we had a little show-n-tell with the … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Day 3 – More Handling and Some Leading and a visit with a few stunning Sires

Back we went to “Pookhurst Ranch”,  Marty’s ranch for the 2nd part to the Basic Alpaca Handling course.  What another full day!  We really exercised our newly acquired skills on these animals today.  I really think the animals enjoyed it … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

More Day 1 Travel to Bend Pics

Apologies for the delay, but it seems that Windows Live Spaces is still not being too friendly to my uploading of photos on my laptop even via email publishing.  But, I shall attempt to submit the pics in smaller batches … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

It’s time for Adventures in Alpaca Training!

That’s right!  I’m off to Bend, Oregon!  Located in the ‘bend’ of a river in central Oregon on the eastern side of the Willamette National Forest, it is my destination for today.  So, I packed up the car for the … Continue reading

Posted in General | 1 Comment

Vistors Welcome – Come on up the weather is great!

We LOVE to have visitors!    If you need to escape the heat of the city, feel free to come on up and visit us on the Mountain Loop Highway.    Wanna camp?  Don’t have a tent?  We’ve got a … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Sunny Summer Sizzles

It’s not even the unofficial Seattle start date to summer (which we in the PNW know to be July 5th) and the heat is on!  Summer weather is pressing in from all around us.  Dry and hot.   Yeah!   Perfect day … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Llamas dipped in chocolate

If you are following along, you’ll notice that we are planning some neat-o hiking excursions to nearby ghost towns and vista points with the attraction of llamas hiking alongside you.  They carry everything for you and love to go hiking … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Stan and Marty decimate the local insect population for barnwarming present

Well, I’m back on grid and it is time for a couple more entries that cover the comings and goings of the Paca Pride Guest Ranch project!  So let’s start with some new neighbors who swooped on in and decided … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

A visit from some local not-so-wild wildlife

So most mornings we awaken to the bright morning light streaming through the dome of our yurt.  You really get a refreshing night’s sleep for some reason in this round structure.  Ah, but alas, this past Sunday our wake up … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Driving Directions to the Ranch

Driving Directions to Paca Pride Guest Ranch   Google Map Link From Seattle… North on Interstate 5 approx. 28 miles to Highway 2 (Exit 194) East on Highway 2, 2.0 miles to Highway 204 — Lake Stevens (left exit) Follow … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment

In Related Knews…Knitting and ChicKens

Knitting Class – begins Monday nights, 2/27 How much do we need to know about our alpaca fiber customer? Well, we’ll at least need to be able to talk the talk!  Taking a quick look at a common glosary of … Continue reading

Posted in General | Leave a comment