July 13, 2017
Despite what the forecast has been calling for, we've been enjoying a mostly sunny Thursday so far. Yesterday's intermittent showers only saw 0.2" of rainfall pour down on the mountain. It continues to feel warmer than it has all year, as we barely missed tagging 70 degrees for a high temperature. Our lowest reading came in at 55. As the sun dances in and out of the puffy clouds filling the sky, we keep hanging out in the upper 60's. Curious to see how it'll shake out as the day progresses.
No need to hesitate, let's feature another one of our lovable llamas, a valuable veteran of the team...ELLIS! This guy is the epitome of small but mighty, able to hold his own with the rest of the herd. His consistent work performance makes him a great member of the team, and he's never shied away from lugging loads like those of the bigger dudes. Despite being the shortest of all enlisted LeConte llamas through recent years, he's learned to grow up tough, and in no way yields to the thirst for dominance from the "alphas" or the annoying curiosity of the young bloods. And his attitude is pretty much always on display, with ears pinned back and eyes almost squinting in disgust, although he's never one to seek out trouble. It's safe to assume Ellis is generally put-out 24/7, but he seems to soften up to Chrissy's sweet coaxing when needs be. One of his more comical traits is watching him depart the trailer after returning home from a long day's work. The taller and longer legged llamas are able to stride out with ease, but Ellis being shorter in stature has to do an odd but cute spread eagle to complete the leap. It's hard not to giggle every time. Attitude or not, we wouldn't change anything about him, and we appreciate all that he's done for our operation. Let's salute this small but mighty llama, and here's to seeing Ellis churn out miles with the likes of the big guys for ages to come!
Have a great rest of the afternoon.
7/13/2017 03:42:36 pm
Ellis sounds like the llama version of me, short with eyes squinting and ears back, :o)
7/13/2017 03:50:20 pm
Three cheers for Ellis.ha Thanks for pictures ,especially of the flowers. Great blogs from 'up there.'
7/13/2017 05:48:59 pm
Love to Ellis!
7/13/2017 06:23:22 pm
Are these guys hug able or to not like that? Ha ha.
7/13/2017 08:03:29 pm
I love the toothy photo bomber behind Ellis :)
7/13/2017 11:44:57 pm
I hope this October will be my year to see the llamas up at the lodge. I've had the good fortune of seeing them in the parking lot, but not up at the lodge.
7/14/2017 03:45:20 am
Ahh Ellis being the short guy isn't always easy (sounds especially challenging when leaving the trailer).
7/17/2017 09:05:47 am
Thanks so much for a wonderful stay on the 13th! Gracious hosts, wonderful food and that gorgeous double rainbow! Looking forward to our next visit!
7/17/2017 11:16:48 am
On the plus side, if Ellis falls, he doesn't have as far to go as the taller llamas.
7/17/2017 12:15:04 pm
Just want to mention how much I have enjoyed your posts this season, especially featuring all of the different llamas. You provide so much insight into what is happening on the mountain and life up there. I'm very appreciative of your efforts!
7/24/2017 09:23:41 pm
Ditto what Jill said. :-)
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