Tag Archives: Swamp Tours

El Paca Pastures – Ojai, Calif.

3 Sep

You have got to go here…El Paca Pastures – Ojai, Calif.

Looking for something new to do?  Why not visit an Alpaca farm?

Located just a few minutes from beautiful Ojai, El Paca Pastures is a family run Alpaca farm that is a pure delight for any animal lover!

Upon arrival you can’t help but be drawn to the Alpacas and their guard Llama – yes, you heard me right!

Not only were the animals super friendly (I got to pet one and was so excited), but the family who runs an owns the farm were as well.  They took the time to give us a tour of the farm and taught us all there was to know about these beautiful creatures.  I asked question upon question and they were always happy to answer them.

My favorite part of the day was taking photographs of the Alpacas, they were so majestic and made for a great subject.  After hundreds of shots I was able to something else that I love…SHOP!

The Ranch store has hundreds of products to choose from.  Everything from scarves to purses to socks to toys.  I never realized how soft their fur was.  This is a great place to find a unique and one-of-a-kind gift.  There is something for everyone!

I love to find hidden gems and this is one of them…I mean how many people can say that they have been to an Alpaca farm?

A few other things about this destination – it s FREE to visit and the family who owns it seems to truly love what they do and that makes me happy and want to support them.

So, if you find yourself in the Ojai I highly suggest you stop over to El Paca Pastures and pay them a visit.

Happy Alpacaing,


P.S. – Don’t forget to ask them what the name of all the animals are!  Can you figure out what they all have in common?


Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour

11 Jun

You have got to go here…Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour!

Of course you go to Bourbon Street when you are in New Orleans, but may I suggest something a little more adventurous?  Ever since I visited the Everglades I have been obsessed with alligators, so I knew that when I went to the Big Easy there would be a swamp tour involved.

You may say “Why would I want to spend an afternoon with big bugs, gators and mystery creatures?”  My answer is: because an afternoon with big bugs, gators and mystery creatures in the swamps of Louisiana is amazing and a once in a lifetime experience.

After doing research, I chose the Honey Island Swamp Tour by Cajun Encounters because it offered a AAA discount:)  Upon arrival at the dock, it was exactly how I had hoped and imagined – a true swamp (not something that was created for tourists like Disneyland) full of greenery, downed tress and water full of cool creatures!

The boats are nothing fancy, they are small and sleek as to maneuver the canals – our captain was awesome, he knew exactly where the gators were.  We also saw turtles, wild hogs and a variety of birds all living in harmony – I think :).  While the animal life was awesome, I discovered that the thrill of just being in the swamp was much more exciting.  Speeding down the main vein of the river was exhilirating…there were so many different routes to take, no two tours are ever the same!  AND there is a real Cajun Village on the tour…this area is only accessible by boat – it is truly something that you have probably never seen.

This is an adventure you don’t want to miss…so put down the Hurricane for a few hours and see the real Louisiana:)

Side notes: Bring sunscreen, bug spray and water!

Happy Gator Huntin’,