Hi there Hikers and Trekkers, Taylee here! We llamas would like to welcome you to Smoky Mountain Llama Treks. Before we begin, as your official welcome llama, I get to tell you a little bit about llamas and our llama farm.We are so excited to show you our beautiful mountains!
At Smoky Mountain Llama Treks, we are professionally trained pack animals. Our job is to carry your packs and equipment for the trek so that you can enjoy the hike and the beautiful mountain scenery. We carry your water, picnic lunches, tables, chairs, and even your camping equipment if we are headed up the mountain on an over-nighter. We do the work, so you don’t have to! Here’s a picture of Abu with his pack.
There is, however, one thing we don’t carry, and that is people. While we are from the camel family, unlike the camel, our back bone structure will not support the weight of a person. So, when you come to hike with us, please plan on hiking.
You may have heard that llamas spit. Spitting, biting, and kicking would be rude, and we have better manners than that. You have my llama promise that we will not spit at you! You should probably know though that spitting is natural for us. Llamas spit at other llamas as a way of establishing rank in our herds and to communicate frustration or fear. Sometimes llamas who have been raised in petting zoos will spit at people. Llamas who are around people and other animals all day long begin to think of them as llamas. We are very social animals. But at Smoky Mountain Llama Treks, we know that you are people and we are llamas.
Each of us has a different personality. There’s Cinnamon who likes to be in the lead, Woody who likes to talk and hum a llama ditty as we walk, and Peanut the Alpaca who is a perky little fellow. To find out more about us, make sure you read Our Llamas, where we have each introduced ourselves, and Steve will be happy to tell you more about your llama before the trek starts.
We all like to be petted. Some of us like hugs and even kisses, especially JJ Bird. We are a friendly bunch who like to munch; oatmeal cookies, graham crackers and bananas are our favorites. (Hint! You can bring us snacks!) We also like to nibble on leaves and grass if there’s time along the trails. So, there’s no worries if you want to go slow.
We’re here to help you make a Smoky Mountain Memory! Your hike with us will be one of the most unique and memorable experiences you’ll ever have. You might just fall in llama luv, and then you’ll want to come back and visit us again and again! We love it when that happens!