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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Picnic With The Pacas

A few Plum Crazy Ladies (my Red Hat chapter) picnicked with the Pacas this weekend.  It was so exciting!  I had never met an alpaca before and really knew very little about them.  So, when Lisa, one of our own invited us to tour the Thunder Mountain Alpaca Ranch (her ranch), I was really looking forward to the adventure!
Mama alpaca and 2 cria (babies)

I never dreamed we would be going into the pen with these fluffy charmers who look just like a stuffed toy!  These are docile, friendly, curious animals that welcomed us as if we belonged there with them.  We fed them out of our hands and felt their wool....ohhhhh, soft as you can imagine, only softer!  And, thick!  These are huacaya alpacas.

We had them eating out of our hands!


One of the females was a real ham!  Every time I aimed my camera, she stepped right up to me!  It was hilarious.  She just posed as pretty as can be.

Ahem...aren't I gorgeous?

There are fifteen alpacas on this ranch, I believe.  The "guys" were in another pen while we played with the ladies and babies.  They seemed slightly curious, but mostly just hung out doing whatever pacas do.


We got a quick lesson in carding wool and making felted soap before we went in for lunch.   It was too windy to eat outside under the canopy. 

Carding alpaca wool

There are also two Maremma "guard" dogs and two pet goats living on this ranch, as well as four little chicks.  We got to meet everyone.

Two little goats and Lexi

Before we left, we had a hula hoop contest.   After seeing the photos, I am sure you will be able to pick the winner!  It was fun, we didn't throw anything out of place and we managed to keep the hoop spinning a few times before it fell in disgrace!







This last photo gives you a little more information about alpacas.  What a fun and educational day!  I'm glad I could take you along via my blog!  (Just for reference,  just behind the out building and the golf cart is the Border fence along the US & Mexican border.) 


 






8 comments:

  1. Beautiful ladies and girl playing the hula hoop. All are winners ! The little girl is so sweet. Aplacas are adorable. Love their wool and the innocent face. Wanna to hug them. I love wool felt !

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    1. Terrie - Yes, Lexi was definitely the nimble one - and the cutest! The alpacas weren't too keen on being hugged, but that is just what you want to do for sure when you see them!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  2. You gals are just too much! What fun! xo Diana

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    1. Diana - We do have fun, no matter what we are up to! But, hula hooping, well it's been lots of years since I have tried that! Whoooo....I'm surprised I'm not sore today! LOL!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  3. I'm glad you had fun with the alpacas! The two boys I have are so sweet. They like to be hand fed and seem to enjoy sniffing my face while I squat down to their level. Something funny, they absolutely LOVE kids, it must be seeing an alpaca sized person is really exciting to them. If friends bring their kids over the boys are first to the fence to sniff and nuzzle

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    1. Alecia - Thanks for sharing about your alpaca boys. I was amazed and surprised at how friendly they were!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  4. Looks like you are having lots of fun! I can't wait for the weather to warm up so that I can take my daughter to the Zoo!

    Hope you are having a great week!

    Connie

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    1. Connie,
      We had such a fun time..it was better than the zoo! LOL!
      Hugs, GraceinAZ

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