Alpine Lady

Honoring the natural world through prose, poetry, music, sounds, photographs and musings.



Spring, 2011

Olympic Mountain Range

This site is a journey into the world of nature and wonder via prose, poetry, photographs, magic, musings and sounds.

“You are never too old to set another goal or dream another dream.” ~ CS Lewis

About the Author:

Patricia has spent her lifetime being surrounded by and studying the beauty and complexity of the natural world. She grew up on a farm in North Idaho and after graduation from the University of Idaho, along with her husband Michael, moved to rural Alaska in the late 60′s and lived an adventuring life: teaching and living in the Bush, homesteading off-grid, and raising a kennel of racing sled dogs.

Well over a decade later, they returned to northern Idaho and renewed their love of the Pacific Northwest, living and gardening with Patricia’s parents before finding their own little cottage in town.

The Old Barn

Inherently Curious

The DeMarco’s raised copious amounts of food on their city homestead, an educational showpiece for the community. They also maintained a small herbal business: Full Circle Botanicals. Patricia found time to teach in private alternative schools and to run summer programs whose curriculums were Waldorf and natured-inspired. Her last employment was with the East Bonner County Library, serving for over a decade as a youth librarian. Moving to Hawaii after retirement, they lived on the Puna or jungle side of the Big Island, enjoying the wealth of cultures, the fruits, tropical plants and scenery. Now they call Sequim, WA, on the Olympic Peninsula, home.

In addition, she has also received training in crisis intervention, nursing assistance, hospice, herbal medicine making and is a Reiki Master, all of which have honed her ability to relate to and skillfully communicate major life events.

Inspired by what she has witnessed and experienced, Patricia successfully spun careers that emphasized the human–nature connection into her work as an educator in public and private schools, as a storyteller, an avid researcher and award-winning youth librarian. As recognition of this, her colleagues awarded her the Idaho State Youth Services Librarian of the Year Award in 2005.

She and her husband Michael have been together as best friends for over five decades. They currently live on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State where the rugged mountains, wild rivers, and unique ecosystems provide them with constant inspiration. Patricia’s hobbies include writing, cooking, herb crafting, gardening, hiking, birding, photography, and until recently worked as a volunteer for the Olympic National Park greenhouse.

Both Patricia and Michael love sharing their views of the natural world and photos on this blog site are their own unless otherwise noted. And please  respect the inherent copyright status of the materials in Alpine Lady.

Contact Information: Email me at

Michael and Patricia standing out in front of their cabin near the Dungeness River in Sequim, WA. April, 2020


9 thoughts on “About

  1. In Beauty it been done In beauty you have shared…Thank you

  2. Yes, I find patience is a vital component to sustaining a healthy attitude.  

  3. Thank you for this! I am still fighting with the computer itself as my skills are limited. I think of it as a magic box when it works and a highly uncooperative bit of technology a good deal of the time! I must keep in mind it is a learning process, and practice patience!

  4. Thank you for your comment Judy! I am also enjoying going through your work. It came to me via Barb at Wild Roots Herbs via my husband, two people I trust to send me to the right readings. I also came across this today and immediately thought of you and another friend who enjoys writing about the natural world. In fact, she and I write almost daily a small poem or short essay on our perceptions which we share privately via Facebook. Here is the link to an anthology submission in the UK. I wrote to them and they are wanting international submissions as well. Something to whet your appetite! Waymaking 2015 ~ Patricia |   | |   | |   |   |   |   |   | | Waymaking 2015A new anthology of wild landscapes and adventures by women in words and art | | | | View on | Preview by Yahoo | | | |   |


  5. I am going to enjoying the archives, lovely blog!

  6. Great Chenoa! Message me with a picture when you get it going. You’re going to enjoy your apprenticeship, I’m sure!

  7. This is wonderful Patricia and Michael! Thank You for your inspiration. I am just putting in a new garden this year – the first for some time now!! I am taking a ‘farmer’ apprenticeship with someone who lives near by me and I can learn for the work I put into it .

  8. Thank you, Shelly! It’s a team effort and we thank you for being on our team.

  9. I love you….thank you for your commitment to life and beauty..this world is a better place because of you. YOU INSPIRE ME!

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