Unfortunately earlier this summer we had to cut down a large western red cedar tree, due to a risk of it falling on our house. Half way down it, bees started coming out. We knew we had a hive, but did not know it was so near our house and did not know where. We had the arborist take out a long and lay it down.
That is when I got ahold of Dan from OWA (http://www.wildernessbees.com/). Dan came right out, spent quite some time with me cutting the log in half and removing the bees(http://imgur.com/a/BfPuh bees!). I mentioned how I have been wanting to keep bees for years in passing. About a month later my phone rings "Hey it is Dan, do you want YOUR bees?".
I drove out to his apiary, he hooked me up with hive boxes, told me what gear to get, taught me some basics, told me what book to get and sent me home with my bees.
It became obvious a month or so later that just one hive wasn't going to cut it for me. Yesterday, while everyone locally is "sold out", Dan again came through, inviting us into his apiary, spending more time educating us, and hooking me up with another hive.
Dealing with OWA feels more like dealing with old friends than a business, and the whole idea behind breeding for positive traits really has my interests peaked.
Only downside? I can see myself spending way too much time and money on this now. Already trying to figure out how many hives my property could support.