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“Suppose we led people on day hikes with our llamas, right here at Juniper Ridge?” Kelly said to me one winter day. “It would be fun, and we could make part of our living. We could go out Llama Lane, and we could also go down to the lower part of the land.”

I liked the idea. We discussed it for a few days and decided to give it a try. Once we did, things began to fall into place. A neighbor whose land we wanted to hike across happened to drop by and freely gave us permission. We met a woman who worked for the Forest Service and could give us a lot of information on trail creation and maintenance. Soon Kelly began building a long trail, winding down our steep little secret valley to a lovely boulder-strewn spot we called Boulder Hollow.

The only llama owner in the area who had done commercial day hikes happened to phone us. When we told him our plans, he gave us the name of a land-use planning consultant, Peter Brunner, who had worked for the county planning department. Peter deftly guided Kelly and me through the process of applying for a conditional use permit.

We thought that having the idea in February would give us plenty of time to prepare for the coming summer, when we would begin the hikes–but it took months to get the necessary permit. We had started barely in time.

After the public hearing at which our permit was granted, two local television stations contacted us and did stories about our hikes. Wonderful free publicity!

With so many things happening so smoothly, I felt a happiness. It wasn’t simply that the project was going ahead. I took these little things as love taps from life, saying “you’re on the right track.”

We put together a brochure which said, “Walk with a llama at Juniper Ridge Ranch.” I tried out recipes for quiche, banana bread, muffins, and other goodies. “The success of your venture will depend on the food to an amazing extent,” another llama packer had told me.

I also spent more time with our male llamas, accustoming them to our newly-acquired packs and to coming into the living room. At our elevation, we could have cold weather in any month. If it was unpleasant to sit outside, I wanted to have the picnics in our spacious living room/solar greenhouse, where the llamas could sit on the rock floor with some hay while we ate.

One day I brought Whiskers into the house. Kelly and I had taken him up on the ridge for a photo session, to get our logo design. At the front door, Whiskers jumped completely over the sill and arrived in rather more of a hurry than I expected. The lettuce we had in bins was getting to be a nice size, and he leaned over for a nibble.

“NO!” I said. He stopped.

He investigated the fascinating array of tools lying on a table, than moved around nearer the lettuce. There was a pause; I guessed that he knew what I was thinking.

He went for the lettuce. I said no again, hoping that you could train llamas not to eat house plants. He meandered away and didn’t deign to look at the lettuce any more.

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