Friday, November 27, 2009

Glacier & Aspen Go On Their First Hike!

We took our new baby llamas out for their first hike, today. Glacier and Aspen just turned 6 months and are now weaned. It's time to get them out on the trail to show them what llama life is all about. We decided to take them on a 5 mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail where it intersects with Cascade Locks in the Columbia Gorge. It was a drizzly day, but comfortable and pleasant for a hike. Aside from a little nervousness around the running creek, they performed wonderfully. You don't want to load up a pack on a six month old llama, but you also want them to get the feel of a pack when they're beginning their training. So, we put a light weight kids saddle on their back and it worked just fine. At just six months Glacier and Aspen are tall, energetic, athletic, and eager to get in line with the other llamas. They are little balls of nerves right now, but as they get used to the trail, creek crossings, and the wild forest, they will be incredible packers and breeders.

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