Home Schoolers Visit the Farm!
Hi, my name is Kaitlyn. I am a student at Heritage Peak, in Vacaville. My mom is in love with knitting. She decided that she wanted to make a shawl out of alpaca yarn, and when I say alpaca yarn I mean the alpacas hair that gets turned into yarn. So we went to an alpaca farm called Menagerie Hill Ranch. The owner of the alpaca farm, Deb Galway, showed us the yarn from the alpacas. I touched the alpaca yarn and oh it is as soft as a baby’s skin!
Then Deb showed us all the alpaca boys and girls! You would think that the alpacas were friendly but, they are actually pretty shy, and when I say shy I mean they were bunched up against the fence trying to make some distance from us. Next we saw a lama. We were told that the lama protects the alpacas from any harm; because if a coyote tried to attack them, one kick from the lama and the coyote would be dead. Now that is a pretty strong kick! I started to get a little worried though, because Deb had told us that, if the lama felt at all threatened, that it would spit up its cud which is the food that comes back from the stomach and comes out on you! I felt relieved though when she said that it only happened to her once.
I was so happy to learn so much while also having fun. Deb Galway was really nice and told us some things about alpacas that I did not know! I cannot wait to go back to the alpaca farm and see what other adventures are awaiting.