Once upon a time, my Dad drove by a field with a bunch of strange looking animals standing on little hills. Thus, our family’s dream of owning an alpaca ranch was born. Now the land is bought and the lean-to’s are built, but we are just embarking on our grand fiber adventure. The first of our ‘pacas came home in September of 2010.
Cliff House Alpacas is located outside of Castle Rock, Colorado. In addition to two horses, who don’t quite approve of their funny-looking neighbors, we have ten alpacas in our little herd. Mom and Dad run the ranch, with all the cleaning, emergency medical care, and general loving on the animals that requires. My brother builds fences, does heavy lifting, and recreational tractor driving on his weekends home from college. I spin, felt, knit and crochet, and when I can’t coerce Mom and Dad into it, skirt, pick and sort fleeces as well.
Together, the four of us (and the ten ‘pacas, and two horses, and three dogs, and the red-tailed hawks nesting in the pines, and the barn swallows, and the kingbirds, and the toads living in the arena sand) are Cliff House Alpacas, a home-grown, family-run business just starting out. The fiber world is not always the most internet-savvy, so the goal of this blog is simply to share what we learn (or wish we had learned earlier) with anyone who is interested.