About Us


After a three year search, we found our dream property in Marblemount, Washington.

We purchased the property we named American Alps Ranch in September, 2006 on our 27th wedding anniversary, from our new friends Karla and Larry.

Marblemount is a little town of maybe 250 people in the state of Washington about 35 miles south of the Canadian border.  We are bordered by the Cascade River on the south and the Skagit river about 3/4 of a mile away on the west, nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain range at the edge of the North Cascades National Park.

Karla and Larry generously stayed on as caretakers for the school year.  After our daughter Megan graduated from high school, we moved here in June, 2007.  We love it here.  It is quite a change from southern California!  We love the fresh, clean air and the beautiful mountains and rivers and all the wildlife we see here.

We have started work on turning this beautiful property into our home and a ranch for lowline cattle.  It is quite a challenge, but we are excited about our new adventure.

Many of our friends have asked us to “keep us posted” and “send pictures” so here it is all on our blog.  Our children can hardly believe it – technology is not our strong suit!  However, we will do our best to keep you up to date with happenings around the ranch and show you pictures. And feel free to let us know when you would like to visit and help with fencing, or digging rocks, or building sheds, or . . .

21 comments on “About Us

  1. Brenda Peckfelder says:

    I so enjoyed reading your blog and looking at all the amazing pictures! I look forward to more! I’m sorry I missed you guys at church this past Sunday. Maybe I’ll catch you next time!

  2. Jeff Livesay says:

    I just got the word on your website. I was going to be the property manager when Larry and Karla(my aunt and uncle) had the property. I have only gone through some of the posts, but it brings back fond memories. You guys have done such a wonderful job. I thank you for taking such care and love to a wonderful piece of heaven. We will keep in touch.
    Happy Holidays. Jeff

  3. Jim Slusher says:

    Stumbled across this blog searching for pictures of Long Shoal Community Church. My grandparents, Ben and America Browning owned a farm about a mile up Coal Branch toward the Feed Store/Masonic Lodge you had photographed. They were also founding members of the church. My Grandfather was raised in the area and also attended Long Shoal school. Thank you for posting the photographs.

    Best Regards,

    • Brenda says:

      Welcome Jim! We were in Long Shoal last May and enjoyed the trip very much. My father-in-law attended the Long Shoal school and he loved re-visiting the scenes from his youth.

  4. Hildie Pugh says:

    I just happened upon your site while searching for “standing grizzly” images. You definitely brought a smile to go with my morning coffee. I’ve been up through Washington’s coast once, quite some time ago. The area I traveled was beautiful, but limited. Your home is absolutely gorgeous. Wishing you and yours all the best and the dogs and chickens too!

    • Brenda says:

      Welcome Hildie! Thanks for your kind comments. The dogs, cats, chickens, pigs and cattle are all doing great 😉

  5. Patrice says:

    I saw a picture of Miss Bess digging in your garden, in your May 2011 blog. I am wondering if you would be interested in selling it, or allowing me to use it on my website. I have developed a product to keep cats out of gardens. That is a great picture! I saw it on Google image search. Thank you!

  6. Gary says:

    I googled images of a cast iron church attendance board. The photo of the one here on your blog came up. Do you know if there is a way I can purchase that church board??

    • Brenda says:

      Hi Gary,
      Sorry – I have no idea where the church purchased their attendance board. It does look cool doesn’t it? I remember one exactly like it in the little church where I grew up.

  7. I popped by because of your lovely dog photos and couldn’t help following your blog. You’re very fortunate to live in much a beautiful place, I look forward to seeing more of it (it might make me feel less cooped up about living in London! :p )

    • Brenda says:

      Welcome to our ranch! I’ve always wanted to visit London – maybe someday. We feel very blessed to be able to live in this beautiful place.

  8. Krista says:

    I love your blog and photos! We are in the same business in the Sierra Foothills northeast of Sacramento, and I invite you to take a peek at our website (longdreamfarm.com) or come down for a visit – we love visitors and our kids and kine do as well. Happy winter and warm watering troughs! – Krista

    • Brenda says:

      Hi Krista,
      Thanks for stopping by our little blog! Always nice to hear from another rancher. I’ll have to check out your website and ranch.

  9. Karla Dayhuff says:

    I think you need to write a children’s book on the Adventures of Amelia, The Chicken who Flew the Coop! Crazy bird! Glad Molly shared her kibbles; Molly is such a sweet dog!

    • Brenda says:

      Sounds like a great title for a book, I think you should write it and I’ll supply the pictures! And you might want to hurry because Amelia and Co. (the oldest chickens) are not pulling their weight around here laying eggs so they are going to go soon.

  10. Beautiful area and I love the mountains…we ran a ranch in WY. for a while at 7200 elevation…my view was the Wind Rivers….Rockies with Gannet Peak out my kitchen window which was the highest peak in WY. at over 14,000….loved it. Your mountains remind me of the Imnaha area around Joseph Oregon.

  11. Oh and I forgot….now we live on the family ranch where I grew up in Eastern Oregon…so we are not too far from you.

  12. I was so lucky to have spent many summer vacations at my grandparents farm in Marblemount. Great pictures and fond memories…..

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