When Guy and I moved to Camano two years ago, I noticed a number of alpaca ranches on the island. I was especially intrigued by the huge herd grazing in the fields just south of the bridge leading onto the island. Each time we passed the alpaca ranch I became more and more curious. Until I finally Googled “Alpaca ranches on Camano Island.” This is what I found http://www.sentinelranchalpacas.com And guess what–I knew the owners!!!!
Every chance I had, I grilled Ann and Nathanial (or their daughter Renee) about their alpaca ranch. They’re totally eager to share their knowledge and frequently host tours of the ranch. Although I had been to the ranch a couple of times in the past, last Friday was the best. I traipsed out in the fields with Ann, Renee and baby Vincent and experienced the alpacas up close and personal.
I had a blast!!!
At this point the ranch has a herd of over 200 alpacas, but most of them were in the lower fields. They’re expecting about 50 new crias (babies) this year and I got to meet one of the first, born just a week ago. I also met a friendly little male named Artimus.
Alpacas are extremely curious animals, and very friendly. With a little coaxing from Renee, Artimus came right over to me. His clucking sounds were endearing and he was quite the nuzzler. Now I see why alpaca wool is used for clothing, it’s really soft.
I highly recommend a visit to Sentinel Alpaca Ranch next time you’re on the island. It’s WAY better than a petting zoo.
Beware Of Animals That Think Wheelchairs Are Toys
One caveat when visiting any animals while in a wheelchair —
Beware of the toy factor. Joey, a retired cutting horse, seemed to think the pads on my wheelchair were toys. Before I knew it, one was hanging from his mouth. That wouldn’t be the first time. Many horses think my joystick’s a carrot. And even heavy duty wheelchairs are susceptible when it comes to goats.