Welcome to our world. Here you'll find out about our family life, our alpaca ranch, our explorations in healthy cooking, and anything else that strikes our interest.
Happy Independence Day! We're celebrating tonight by setting of quieter fireworks that won't scare the alpacas. But they're already used to that sort of thing anyway, because someone has been buying bottle rockets in Wyoming and setting them off in a field nearby.
Our year old Alpaca, Prancer, is not happy with his new found independence. A yearling doesn't need to be with his mom. But Prancer is not convinced of that. We recently put him in his own paddock, like a big boy. He's still right next to other alpaca paddocks so he's near alpacas all the time for company. But he misses his mom and has been calling out to her.
Luckily our niece is visiting for Independence Day and she loves alpacas. She's been spending quite a bit of time with our ducks and alpacas. And luckily for Prancer she's spending most of her time outside with him to help him get used to his new life.
BTW, what do our ducks and alpacas have in common at this point in time? They're both spending a lot of time playing with water. It's really hot out, and even though their coats won't have grown in until winter, alpacas bear cool weather more easily than hot weather.
Last Saturday I made a day trip out to Kansas. There's a fiber mill there that specializes in exotic fibers such as Alpaca fiber. The trip was actually cheaper for me than shipping the bulky fiber. And I love road trips.
So soon we will have alpaca yarn and felt. Watch the store section of our website for details.
The trip was fun in any case. I got to see the eastern parts of Colorado. It's a very rural environment. When you drive through Wyoming on I-80 there's either nothing at all or large travel centers. In eastern Colorado you can see signs of humankind wherever you look, but it's all farms or older buildings. Instead of a large truck stop, you'll see a dilapidated building with a pump out front. In passing through Cope, Colorado I noticed an actual full sized phone booth. You don't see that every day.
There were also huge farm equipment lots. You can see a dozen combines parked in a lot just ready to be rented.
On highway 36 going east I also rarely encountered other cars. When I entered Kansas, there was a lot more signs of civilization, not just farms. You can definitely tell that you've passed into a different state. Surprisingly enough, as rural as everything was, I had good cell reception the whole way.
I really like getting out and exploring every now and then, and I definitely saw a lot of areas that I've never seen before on this trip. And I got to meet some very nice people, especially at the fiber mill.
I'm excited to get the yarn back. I'll definitely make an announcement when we get it.
We're a family of three. We raise alpacas and chickens. We explore different ways of living healthier and happier. We love to share what we learn and to learn what you care to share.