how good it was to drive through the california countryside over hill and dale through sun dappled roads all the way to an alpaca farm.
the one in the photo above with the brown puffball rump is a huacaya alpaca. and the white one on the left is a suri.
i prefer the ones who look like lambs.
but the truth is they are all Cute with a capital C. and some look like donkeys or kangaroos or rabbits or ostriches or camels. but mostly like stuffed animals. looking at alpacas is kind of like looking at clouds. you start to see all sorts of animals. that's the truth.
the name of the farm we went to is WINDY HILL. they take extra good care of their alpacas. lots of people board their alpacas and come visit them on weekends. we talked to some of the owners and they let us pet their alpacas!!! i pet their necks because they don't like having their faces touched. i don't either.
one thing i thought was very interesting is that they need other alpacas because they are herd animals. one of them sees something and the entire group stampedes across the field to go take a look. teamwork. it's unnatural for them to live in isolation from a herd.
i made a little slideshow slash video since i had so many photos.
so gentle and wildly curious. but also shy. and you know what else? they don't have top teeth!
and their fur is not called wool. it's FLEECE.
WINDY HILL has huge guardian anatolian shepards who watch over the herd. such sweet dogs!
i highly recommend a visit if you're local.
joyce and i went out for grub after our visit.