Pack Animal Magazine

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Sharing the Trail: Llamas and Goats, Packing Together
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Sharing the Trail: Llamas and Goats, Packing Together

by Alexa Metrick, Editor (Fall 2018)

I assumed the trail on the north side of the pass would match that of the south side of the pass. I was wrong.

A ghost of a trail appeared and disappeared through the scree and boulder field that fell off the north side of the saddle, but it completely disappeared once we made our way out of the rocks. Little trickles of water wandered down the sides of the surrounding mountains. In our search for the path we knew must be there, we mistook most of the trickles for trails until we splashed into them. Then it started to drizzle, and we gave up on finding a trail and simply picked our way between the spots of marshy, spongy ground and the dense thickets of willows.

We were heading for the Fryingpan Lakes, which were reportedly chock-full of trout. We almost made it. Almost.

Lost Llama: Maybe Forever
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Lost Llama: Maybe Forever

by Lina Gustafson (Spring 2020)

You may have read the article my father, Eric Gustafson, wrote in the Summer 2019 issue of Pack Animal about adopting two young llamas from Southwest Llama Rescue. That was a happy tale, but this is the story of how I lost my first pack llama and best friend.

Making Hay While War Rages
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Making Hay While War Rages

by Kristen Davenport (Summer 2013)

Twelve years ago, when we moved out of the city and came up here to live on the edge of the woods, it was definitely an attempt to get away—and to find a place where we could grow good garlic. But it also felt crazy. I was commuting over an hour to my job at a newspaper, living in a dilapidated house and not quite sure what we were doing out here.