The San Juan Island Alpaca Ranches


Krystal Acres Alpaca Farm

Set among huge oak trees and sprawling pasture, the Krystal Acres alpaca farm claims the largest herd in the San Juan Islands. Owned by Kris and Albert Olson, their 80-acre spread, near Friday Harbor, is home … Continue reading

Summer on San Juan Island, the Pelindaba Lavender Farm

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Stroll through any field of lavender and one thing is certain: the lavender’s scent will conjure up all kinds of personal memories. Such is the way of this amazingly versatile plant. But its unique scent is only one of many … Continue reading

Summer Excursions Around Eastern Washington State


Eastern Washington State offers countless world-class wineries, stunning canyons, lakes and dams in place of its western neighbour’s evergreen forests and rugged mountains. Twice the size of its western half, it has just a third of the population.

Eastern Washington … Continue reading

Gold Hill, Grants Pass and the Mysterious Oregon Vortex


If like me, you relish the unexplained, then set your sights on the delightful city of Gold Hill and the mysterious Oregon Vortex. This circle of puzzling phenomena has been welcoming its tourists for more than 80 years. The area … Continue reading