Every year our local East Mountain community hosts a Fiber Farm Tour with open house ranches and stores. This year, my neighbor friend, Lisa of Laughing Orca Ranch, went with me. We visited eight of the twelve locations in order to get our names into the drawing for the grand prize basket (you had to visit seven). Of course we brought our cameras!
Our first stop was CameLot where, you guessed it, they had camels!
The next ranch had alpacas. Here is an adorable cria (baby alpaca). She was a beautiful gray color. Her mother is the black one.
She found her mother's topknot quite tasty too.
But alas, babies do get tired quickly so she cushed right down next to her momma. Don't you just love her little fluffball tail?
This is the fleece of an alpaca, pictured.
This little alpaca female was the friendliest I've ever met. She is owned by a couple who agist, own alpacas but don't have possession of them. They get to visit them and get the fiber from them each year but they don't have to care for them or clean up after them.
Can you spot the llama? He's the one all lounged out on the left. Notice how much bigger he is? Also, he has longer, banana shaped ears. I think Lisa's llamas are much prettier. Go check out Cataleya and Catlinite.
I thought the butt spot was kinda crazy on this one.
We saw newborn kids too.
I almost expected Lisa to want to take one of these cuties home with her.
They had all kinds of goats at this farm. I believe this is where Lisa's goats came from.
It doesn't look like much longer before some of these mamas have their kids.
This one was my favorite, very friendly, and look at that striped head!
Mary had a little lamb and it must have looked like this six week old cutie. He did indeed follow everywhere.
Here are baskets of various fibers.
They even had spinning demonstrations.
Where Dreams are Woven - song: Station toStation, artist: David Bowie, album: Stationtostation