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Ever wonder why people are attracted to llamas?

This is one couples story written by Carol Edwards

In 2000, our daughter, Jessica Canup and I hiked from Fish Creek, over San Gorgonio mountain to Vivian Creek on the other side of the mountain. It was a trip of over 22 miles to the elevation of 11,500 feet at the summit. When we got to the car at the bottom at Vivian Creek, I declared right then and there that we were getting llamas! We began by purchasing two baby llamas and then bought another baby for the next three years to make our herd of five male llamas. This is the first year we've had enough llamas who were old enough and strong enough to carry our load for us for a three day, two night trek.
    This trip consisted of going up Vivian Creek (where you gain 1200 feet in elevation in the first 1.2 miles--extremely steep!). Joel, Jessica and I hiked in 5 miles the first day and that took us 8 hours. As recommended by the PLTA (Pack Llama Trial Assoc.) we stopped every 30 feet of elevation gain to give everyone a rest. That seemed to work really well and we made the plateau at Vivian Creek in good shape. After giving the llamas food, we had a snack there and filled up water containers to get us to High Creek, the next place with water, which was 3.5 miles further up the trail. We camped there and the next day we loaded up the boys' panniers with lots of water, food for us and the llamas, the first aid kit and hiked to the summit and then back to the original camp where we spent the night again. The trip to the summit and back to camp took a total of 6 hours and covered almost 8 miles. The next day we had a leisurely 4 hour hike out to the truck. The llamas, Lewis, Clark and Digger did amazingly well. Lewis carried 50 pounds, Clark carried 30 pounds, and Digger carried 45 pounds and I have new respect for their strength, stamina and heart.

 

 

 

Joel Edwards

Joel and Carol Edwards

Carol Edwards and Jessica Canup

Joel Signing in at the "top"

The Whole Family

 

 

   

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