Off the beaten path… Alpacas and Anatolian Shepherds

I always appreciate days when I can unplug with the world and turn off. My phone doesn’t work in the Jemez Mountains. Yes!

A friend of mine invited me to go up there with her for a day, and who was I to say no. It’s always beautiful in the mountains and I think everyone should disconnect from the pressures of everyday life once in a while- if only for a day. One of the places we stopped at was the Aspen Ridge Alpaca Farm. I was very excited. My friend bought me Alpaca gloves for Christmas and they are fabulous. They are the softest, warmest gloves I have ever worn.

The sheered coat of Alpacas can be woven into clothes, blankets, hats, coats, slippers, and much, much more. They have an upstairs shop above one of their barns containing these items, but what caught my eye was the little feel better teddy bears for kids. The bears are cute, soft and snugly.

Mickie and Evelyn, the owners of the Alpaca Farm also have two Anatolian Shepherds that protect the Alpacas from the wildlife in the mountains. Tinker and Belle. I thought I had a fairly big dog but these two are huge. They range from 125-130 pounds of muscle and mega soft thick dog hair and are the most friendly lovable dogs. I asked Mickie how these dogs could be protectors of the Alpacas when all they wanted to do was lean on me and be rubbed and petted. She said that Coyotes, Mountain Lions, Bears, Cougars and so on can’t stand the smell of the Shepherds, so they stay away. The didn’t smell funny to me:) As you can see in the picture to your right Tinker was acting like a complete ham! Belle wouldn’t stay put long enough for me to get a picture of her.


Mickie and Evelyn also have a barnhaus they rent out. The inside is so nice and cozy. My first thought when I stepped inside was: This is a writers paradise. I could hide away up there for weeks and get soo much writing done… I do have a teen to take care of though, but I’ll take a weekend anytime. I could probable write almost a whole novel in a weekend with no distractions!

Mickie also taught us a little about Sprouting Barley Seed to Feed Livestock, which is looking to be a very promising endeavor on their part. Hay is expensive and needs the right weather conditions to grow. Sometimes the stores run out or get very low on hay and have to jack up the price. I heare a lot about this problem from owners of horses too. Mickie found away around the worry of having enough hay year around by growing her barley seed. She has been able to grow it in her garage within a couple of days. It carries more nutrition than hay and the Alpacas seem to dig the taste.

What a very informative day and lots of fun!!

Author: lynnthompsonbooks

Lynn Thompson’s home is in the Land of Enchantment, and, yes, the land is enchanting. The skies are blue, the stars are bright., and there are beautiful panoramic landscapes surrounding her hometown. Lynn wades through the craziness of life to follow her true passion, writing fiction. You can find her, or not, trekking through the mountains, searching for fairies and vortexes, keeping her eye out for anything paranormal, or sitting in the hot springs in her spare time. Lynn doesn’t have a specific genre she writes in. Characters have a way of leading her stories. She follows. Lynn is also a sponge when it comes to knowledge. She’s always on the move to continue her education in writing, marketing, social media, digital media, and hopes to find the extra time to add some criminal investigation classes to her repertoire. Lynn has three novels out: Blake, Sterling, and Tarnished Gold. Blake is the beginning of Montana’s story. Her need for seclusion, at least, for one winter. She does not get what she wants. There is someone or something in the mountains stalking her, people keep showing up on her doorstep, and she meets Max. Max knows what is hunting Montana, but won’t tell her. Montana’s lack of trust in Max drives her to fix her own problems. If she had known what she’d be confronting that night, she never would have sedated Max. Sterling is the second novel in the Montana Dayton series. Montana moves to Florida hoping to escape her old life, and regain her normal life back, but her past has come back to haunt her. Not only does she start losing time, she continues to wake up every morning wearing gorgeous jewels and is surrounded by precious gems. She never remembers where, or who she’s getting the glittery baubles from and is hell bent to get back her memories and return the jewels. Afraid she has been out robbing houses in the middle of the night, she is determined to figure out what is happening on her own. That is until the dreams and the strong pull to explore the gulf. When she finally realizes she needs help, she is powerless to get it. Tarnished Gold is Sam’s story and will be coming out around the new year. Sam first appeared in Sterling and demanded her own novel. Lynn has bowed to Sam’s wishes and is writing that story now. Lynn is also the proud owner of: Dark Fates. Eight short stories that are fun, but still on the dark side. Dark Fates-Madness. Four dark short stories. News Worthy. News Worthy stands alone with five short stories. Watching the news first thing in the morning may not be fun, but dissecting news clips and re-writing them into short stories that had a different ending was a blast! Dark Fates Collections is compiled of Dark Fates, Dark Fates-Madness, News Worthy, and features Karma Shay’s adventures. Visit Lynn at: Website: Twitter: @lynnthompson8 Facebook: Goodreads:

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