Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Rendevous with Alpacas - a delightful gift of nature.

Traveling along the Mt. Hood National Scenic Highway 26–Oregon -- where once volcanoes spewed and mammoth floods scoured deep gorges.---where exquisite geologic wonders, waterfalls, temperate rain forests and wild rivers flow free a wonderful place to be---We were headed to the Alpaca showing in Redmond Oregon- where these beautiful Alpacas were brought for miles around to win ribbons - -- and to show off their beautiful fiber.

 Faith, Hope and Charity collectively known as the  Three Sisters (near the city of Bend, Oregon) — South Sister is the highest and youngest, with a well defined crater. Middle Sister is more pyramidal and eroded. North Sister is the oldest and has a crumbling rock pinnacle. Photo below from Mt. Bachelor Village, in southwest Bend is not far from the three Sisters mountains and Broken Top mountain.
I have become totally mesmerized by the Alpacas.  From start to finish they have beauty, charm, grace and investment potential both as an animal and as a by-product--fiber.   The pleasure of owning the beautiful and gentle alpaca is a reward in itself. The prospect of enjoying shared family activities with this very huggable animal while reaping the financial rewards of owning and breeding alpacas increases the pleasure many times over.
The highly prized fleece of the alpaca has inspired many to start in-home "cottage industries" which involve shearing the alpacas and spinning the fiber of their own animals into yarn that can be made into high quality apparel while others market the fiber through the support of organized fiber co-ops.
 An ideal Alpaca's look begins with the head, a dense top knot, and well-covered cheeks converging with the wool cap to form a close V at the eyes, which are brown. The ears are shaped like an arrowhead and erect. The muzzle is soft and wedge shaped. The jaw should fit together correctly, with the lower incisors meeting the upper dental pad.

Julie Skinner part owner of Snowmass Alpacas  is an expert on Alpacas --she is giving a talk on the care and raising of Alpacas.  Snowmass Alpacas is located on a beautiful 700-acre ranch in Sandpoint, in the northern Panhandle of Idaho, with a 1000 alpacas, and is home to the Skinner family - Julie, Don and their four young children. They have been in the business for over 30 years.
There was a fashion show and auction - this is Sandra Rumney from Sleeping Giant Alpacas located in Montana.  Sleeping Giant Alpacas is owned and operated by Jeff Rumney and Sandra Rumney.
After all the awards and ribbons were given out  - there was a delightful and delicious meal - I took the before picture - forgot to take a picture of us all eating..... but you get the idea.
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  1. what a fabulous trip, thank you! i had never before seen an alpaca until my husband worked at the fairgrounds in the livestock barn. these beautiful and somewhat comical looking animals were treated like royalty, each having their own pens and sod laid down beneath them! i didn't do more than admire them so your post was a real delight to read!

  2. Interesting post. Do you think we could convince willow to give up her willow socks for alpaca? ;)

  3. What charming animals! One could imagine Dr. Seuss having a hand in their creation!

  4. Those Alpaca's are raised in Maine.
    What an awesome experience. I remember my Mom's grey Alpaca skirt. It looked sheered and had a grey velvet waist band, wth jeweled buttons on the side. Mamma didn't have a packed closet. What was in it was mostly
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  5. I totally enjoyed my scenic trip. I never been able to visit your part of the country. The Faith, Hope and Charity mts look majestic in the background. Alpacas are certainly beautiful animals.

  6. Wow thanks for sharing this post with us...what a great time you must have had! Alpacas (we call them Llamas) here in Australia...have the cutest face.
    The scenery on your trip was just spectacular! So much in one, fashion parade, alpaca awards & fine dining (by the looks of those tables) Just wonderful!

  7. Interesting post.Really cute animals. Have yet to see one myself.

  8. What a story!!!!
    Alpacas must really be precious animals. They are beautiful also.
    And all your photographs telling and showing us more about the area and its history.
    A great post Joanny.
    Thanks for sharing all this with us.

  9. Great shots and such an interesting story about those Alpacas...I think I have always taken their wool for granted! xv

  10. Beautiful country up there, isn't it? And, the Alpaca's...each one has a differnt face. They are beautiful animals. xx's

  11. Beautiful photographs, such powerful scenery. And I love Alpaca's. You're right, they have unique elegance, they truly are majestic creatures.

  12. Great views of the drive east ;) I agree with your comment about the rain... I am really not looking forward to having to leave work today and walk out to my car in this downpour!

  13. Love the photos. We are so blessed to live in this wildly diverse and beautiful terrain. The alpaca are goreous creatures. Some them look quite humorous as if they are having a laugh at our expense. Looking forward to reading more about your alpaca adventures. Do you own any? I have a couple of friends that spin a number of types of fiber. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Beautiful photos of the stunning scenery. I love how in the first one the white clouds seem to meld into the white snow.

  15. The scenery are beautiful. Really great place.
    The cute alpaca are simply amazing.
    Such wonderful outdoor post!
    Thank you for sharing.

  16. Thank you Joanny for visiting my blog and taking the time to leave a comment-glad you did because now I have another great blog to read.
    Thank you for a very interesting and enjoyable post. The mountains look beautiful and the alpacas are so cute--what darling little faces,and those eyelashes....!!!! Lisha

  17. That looked like a great trip. And the animals are so intresting. Thank's for stopping by today. Have a good day...Julian

  18. Interesting post and wonderful pictures. I had the fun of visiting an alpaca farm in Vermont last fall. They're such cute-looking beasts!

  19. Congratulations! You've succesfully made me utterly fascinated with Alpacas. Lovely photos!

  20. That must have been a very interesting day, to learn so much about the alpacas. There are Alpaca Ranches in small towns surrounding our city here in Manitoba.
    Thanks for visiting my blog and for leaving a sweet note regarding my daughters house.
    Hugs, Cindy S

  21. What an interesting post Joanny. My parents have friends who run an alpaca farm in Maine. I have visited them and just love the alpacas but I did not know anything of the process. I do know that mom gets some of the manure from the alpacas for her compost and then uses it in her garden and flower beds. It must work really well because her garden and flowers are so lush! Your photos of the mountains are gorgeous. I have always wanted to visit Oregon. Maybe someday.

    ~ Tracy

  22. Beautiful photos. I just love the Alpacas, their faces are so cute. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

  23. Hi Joanny,
    Thanks for taking us with you as you scouted out the alpacas! What interesting looking faces they have! Loved seeing the Three Sisters Mountains, too!


  24. What a wonderful Outdoor Wednesday post! I loved the trip thru Oregon and the Alpaca's and fiber tour was great! They are so cute!
    Be Blessed!

  25. Great post! Alpacas are such wonderful animals. What a wonderful Alpaca show. Thank you for taking us there. I love all your beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing.

  26. What a beautiful state Oregon is, your photos are wonderful. It was interesting to read about the alpacas, they're adorable. Thank you for visiting my blog on Outdoor Wednesday, Kathleen.

  27. I have an alpaca sweater and a scarf as a reminder of a visit to Peru and Bolivia! So soft and nice! Hope to keep them for ever!


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