We had a really good time on our first day in the field in the Andean Highlands of Peru.
|I’m sure there are more precarious bridges, but this one holds the record for me.|
|To get to Lucio’s farm, we drove up to a very tiny tourist town.
On our way in, we passed a group of tourists who were on their way back
from the tallest of the mountains in the region.
|My horse was, um, a bit uncooperative. Of course, it was most likely operator error.
Either way, I guess this kind woman decided I’d be better off if she guided my horse the whole way.
|Heifer VP for the Americas Program Oscar Casteneda decided that,
since alpacas with thick, curly coats were the most prized,
I should have the honor of wearing one of Lucio’s prize ribbons.
That’s Mrs. American Alpaca to you.
|More confetti! You should see my hotel room floor. My hair is like velcro, so I’m still finding some of it on me. I’m going to have to leave a hefty tip for the maid who will have the misfortune of cleaning up my mess.|
|You can’t really see the confetti (it’s all hiding in my hair),
but here I am all decked out with paper ribbon.
|We had alpaca and potatoes in a delicious sauce for lunch.
And on the prettiest clay bowls ever.
|This is yarn made from alpaca wool (project alpaca) and dyed with all-natural colors.
You can bet I bought two skeins for this winter’s knitting.
|There were women selling all kinds of handicrafts. In addition to the yarn, I bought a couple of things for my family back home. The woman in the middle is showing how she weaves.|