We had a wonderful time at Sheep camp! The property was easy to find, the site was tidy, and the hosts were there when we arrived. We really enjoyed chatting with host Stan, cheese tasting, exploring the amazing property and visiting with all the dogs, sheep, and pigs. Wish we could have stayed longer than 1 night and but it was a nice short getaway from Seattle. My son who is 9 said it was the best camping spot because of all the animals!
It was very difficult knowing if we were at the right location. We arrived after 4:00 pm and expected to be at a farm so were a little taken back when we arrived at Jay's house, a stone's throw away from I-5 and the constant hum of highway traffic. Yes, Jay keeps rabbits, chickens and ducks, but it is a far stretch to call his house and these animals a "Working Farm". There was one spot Jay called the "best" location for our tent. Unfortunately it was located in the side yard within a few feet from and between the open pit "Composting toilets" and Jay's location for slaughtering rabbits. My 8 year old sadly discovered rotting organs from Jay's most recent kill upon our arrival. My family is an outdoor family. We Backpack and rough it a lot. We also have a flock of chickens of our own and know a thing or two about permaculture and animal husbandry. Our personal opinion of Birds and Bees Homestead - as a hip camp - is that Jay would be better served spending more time creating an inviting space for travelers than marketing his personal endeavors as a farmer. We were happy that Ashland has a thriving AirBNB scene, and happily stayed elsewhere for the evening. Upon letting Jay know of our decision, we heard nothing from him in return.
We stayed 1 night at the paddocks. There were only two other couples that night so we had room to spread out. Directions were good and it was easy to find. The next day out we enjoyed visiting the sheep. The manager was very friendly and knowledgeable about the area.
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