The llamas are featured at the end of this 60 second commercial for science (yay!)
Llamas del Sol and the New Mexico Chapter of Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA) teamed up for an exciting llama adventure. We hiked in the Elena Gallegos park in the foothills of Sandia Mountain. We had over 25 people join our trek with two llamas: Suki and Letta. Suki and Letta were terrific on the trail although a couple of times Suki decided to take a break for a minute or two - perhpas due to the high winds, she was not sure she wanted to continue. But, with some coaxing, we hiked into the Sandia foothills on the Baca Domingo trail. The hike was a lot of fun for everyone and Suki and Letta took turns with anyone who wanted to lead them.
Llamas are great companions for trekking given their calm demeanor, agility, and packing skills. Their intense curiosity and willing participation make them a lot of fun to be around. I have found llamas to be good for the nerves and very calming. They have a natural theraputic quality that I look forward to every time I get to go out with them. See a few pictures in our photo gallery and check the TSA of NM site at www.tsanm.org for picture postings.
Lynda Liptak is the founder of Llamas del Sol and is dedicated to sharing the awesomeness of llamas. She has only owned llamas since Februrary 2009 but it has been a very in-depth involvement. Lynda and her family have four wonderful trekking llamas with very different personalities. Lynda has been studying camelid dynamics since the start of her llama advantures and is an active member of Marty McGee's Camelidynamics Forum. She has completed the Basics Clinic and Shearing course and hosted the Camelidynamics Basic training at the Llama del Sol ranch. She is a past ski-instructor certified by the Professional Ski Instructors of America and an Emergency Medical Technician - Basic. She is also holds a masters degree in operations research from the Colorado School of Mines and works part time at Applied Research Associates as a scientist.