We are Matt and Troy. At the time we met, in 1999, we were two thirty-something registered nurses living in Toronto Ontario and have been on an adventure ever since.
(We can't take credit for the Toronto photos, that was before we went digital. Toronto photos were lifted from the web)
Our journey into the new millennium took us from Toronto to South Miami, Florida, where we lived and worked for 6 years. During our time in Miami we began building a beautiful home base we called "Secluded Wood". Secluded Wood was a modest home in the Miami suburbs that was nestled into a secluded, wooded lot... hence the name. We both had a love of gardening, and that love, coupled with Miami's 365 day per year growing season, made for a great opportunity to create beautiful outdoor spaces with plants. We turned that simple wooded lot into a lush sub-tropical garden retreat.
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Secluded Wood became a comfortable home base from which we could explore another one of our great loves...
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"Where In The World"
Having conquered, but certainly not depleted our love for travel and gardening, we began looking around for something new on which to expand our adventure. Of all the things we considered, raising Alpacas soon came to the top of the list. Our curiosity was peaked when we saw an advertisement for the Alpaca Industry on TV. So after doing our research, visiting local alpaca farms and taking a Journey to Peru we began planning for an alpaca farm in Florida. A series of events altered our course, however, and we decided to return to Canada for this new leg of the adventure. And what a timely decision it turned out to be. One week after we made the decision to move to British Columbia, hurricane Katrina swept through Florida, followed by hurricane Wilma, and devastated Secluded Wood. The house remained standing, but the tropical garden that we spent years planning and cultivating was essentially stripped bare. We took it as a sign that moving away from Florida was the right choice. If there had been any reservations about leaving Florida, Katrina & Wilma wiped them out along with the gardens.