Kamas in Summit County, Utah.
The Kamas Valley is mainly agricultural land with farms both large and small. Deb, a friend who grows alpaca and llama on her piece of land in the beautiful valley, invited us up to help with the shearing her llama and alpaca pack.
The day before, it had rained in the Salt Lake Valley but, the upper elevations (Deb is at 6400') had several inches of snow. It was all melted by the time we arrived but, it was cold. We were properly dressed for the chill, thank goodness.
The animals were divided by gender and we herded the grrls in to the barn first. I'm not sure this llama (I think her name was "A") would have been so happy had she know what was coming.
Deb had her eye on two fleeces she knew would be fabulous as they were from the two young alpaca. Skye had a golden red coat that was just what Deb expected and this beautiful mottled gray fleece just may turn out to be a show winner, as it held together beautifully. The grrls were quite the sight for the boyz as they paraded around 'in the buff' after their bit of grooming.
The llamas are bigger than the alpaca and it took several men to hold them down while a little extra grooming was accomplished. Here is Smith helping to hold Grace while her toe nails are trimmed. Later he did get baptized with a bit of llama spit. He was a good sport but couldn't wait to get home and shower. Thank goodness it was the last llama.
It really was quite a day, almost like our own mini-fiber festival. Deb and her beau, Jim (who turned out to be an old college friend of mine), fed us everything from vegetarian chili to buffalo burgers. The day was clear and sunny and couldn't have been more beautiful.
Kamas is a bit of heaven.