Saturday, October 06, 2007

Alpaca Farm Tour - With Photos

A friend and I visited the Rum River Alpaca Ranch in Oak Grove, MN today. I cannot begin to explain how pleasant our visit was. First of all, owners Jim and Judy Riess were such gracious hosts. They allowed me inside the pen to photograph these amazing creatures and gave us demonstrations on spinning and much information about Alpacas, even about their mating rituals. They even had lemonade and cold cider with cookies and brownies as refreshments! The tour is on tomorrow as well, in several Minnesota locations. See here for details. If you have children, or even if you are a child at heart and just love animals, you must see these gentle animals.
This is Mae. She is of the Huacaya Alpaca family, and she produced the lovely Alpaca yarn you see below. It's destined for a scarf and fingerless mittens. Isn't she beautiful? She looks like she's wearing eyeliner, doesn't she? We should all look that good without makeup.

Mae's beautiful yarn.
And who couldn't love a face like this?

Or this?
Or this?

And the totally precious baby Alpaca.

The ladies (and a couple geldings) get to frolic outside and meet everyone...

but the guys are stuck in the back forty, although they all crowded into this part of the barn and made jealous, whimpering noises. Well, okay, maybe they were mating songs, I don't know.We decided that we need to make journeys like this to expand our horizons and keep our minds learning new things. Next up? Maybe a journey to a B & B to learn how to spin?


Guinifer said...

Great trip! How humid was it?

Kathy Wajerski said...

I want me one of those alpacas. They've got the sweetest faces!

Alpaca roving was a big item at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool festival this year but I'm not very good at spinning yet so I didn't buy any.

And the yarn was dear. Couldn't afford that either.

Debra said...

They're just soo darn cute!

Kathy said...

Such adorable faces! Bet the farm trip was so much fun. Perhaps next year..... I would love to go sometime!