Alpaca Trekking!

Ernest giving me eskimo kisses
When my mum asked me if I wanted to do anything special for my 18th birthday I think she was expecting a reply most teenagers would give, a house party, pub crawl, or going out clubbing with friends. So you can imagine the surprise on her face when I announced I would like to go alpaca trekking!

Despite the uneasy grin on my dads face followed by a nervous laugh, the day was planned and booked!

On the crisp sunny morning of the 30th November we all pulled our wellies on and bundled into the car ready for our alpaca experience.

As soon as we arrived we were greeted by our alpaca guide and let into the alpacas paddocks to meet them while learning some cool facts about them.

Despite being under the impression that alpacas spit these little guys were super friendly and full of character!  It turned out that llamas gave alpacas the bad reputation of spitting and that alpacas only ever spit if they feel threatened and trapped.

After playing with them all in the field we all chose an alpaca each to be paired up with and take for a wander.

Me and Munchie

I would love to inform you all on how long the trek was and where we went but the alpacas were so entertaining that I spent way too much time laughing to keep track of anything!

Munchie and Crunchie


Munchie and Toffee

After our trek we headed back for tea and biscuits while we learnt about the business side of alpacas, the benefits of using alpaca wool and the many things that could be produced from it.

It was a truly fabulous day out that was enjoyed by all of us (even my dad was pleasantly surprised by how much he enjoyed it!) and I wouldn't have wanted to spend my 18th any other way :D