Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that’s thinking of going into the alpaca business. You see, we’ve always loved these critters, ever since we saw one at the zoo when we were six years old. It stuck out its tongue, made a funny face and then spat at us we like that in an animal. We think it shows spunk!To be honest, we haven’t had much personal interaction with alpacas in the intervening years. But last year, our honey gave us an alpaca beanie that came straight from the Peruvian Andes. When we first looked at this little piece of headgear, we though to ourselves, Well, there’s not really much to it. It’s thin, it doesn’t have earflaps and it doesn’t even have a fleece liner to prevent itching.But then we donned our new beanie and went outside on a chilly day, finding that, much to our surprise, this thing was pretty much the warmest hat (for its heft) that we’ve ever had. We’ve worn it pretty much every day since, other than those random days in July and August when the temperature happens to stay above freezing, and we’ve never, ever, had our noggin freeze. And this is saying a lot, since we are, to say the least, a bit short of a full crop up top. Ahhhh, we miss our full head of hair and wonder where it went. We’re OK with male pattern baldness. It’s just one of those hereditary flukes we have to live with. But we’re wondering if we unnecessarily sped the process as we plucked random hair from our scalp while sitting through incredibly boring junior-high algebra classes. Little did we know that one day we’d be wishing we could do some re-vegetation up there.But we digress. We recently received an e-mail that revived our dreams of becoming alpaca ranchers. According to some fine fine folks who apparently are heavily into the buying and selling of alpacas, we can, for just $750 per year, be notified whenever there are online alpaca auctions. And we’ll also have unlimited access to all the alpaca listings on the Alpacas For Sale page.Woo-hoo! We can see ourselves now, sitting back on the porch of our mission-style hacienda, putting our alpaca-ranching boots up on the railing and watching baby alpacas frolic in lush fields of organic alfalfa while Andean flute music plays softly in the background. And we’d be wearing our stylish-yet-functional alpaca beanie the whole while, to be sure. Every now and then, we’d round ’em up in a corral and then do whatever one needs to do to harvest the wool. We’re still a bit fuzzy on this part, but we imagine this involves some sort of barbershop apparatus to shear the animals. Then we’d spin the wool into a fine yarn and find some artisans who who would hand-knit, crochet and weave the stuff into the finest hats ever made. We’d sell ’em for Big Bucks on the internet and at farmers markets across the land. Yup, that’s our organic, back-to-the-land fantasy for the day, and we’d like to thank the good folks at http://www.alpacasaleslist.com for showing us the light.***Moving on, we’d like to give a big shout-out to all the great Summit Countians (or is it county-ites?) who have helped the local scouting program grow in the past year. Breckenridge’s Cub Scout Pack 187 has doubled in size the past six months and met recently at Carter Park for the annual Blue & Gold Banquet, the big scouting shindig that includes much mirth and merriment and honors young scouts for living up to the ideals of the scouting movement. Somewhere on this page is a photo of the kids in their Blue & Gold glory. For more info on the local scouting program, call Chris John at 547-4553.We out, herding alpacas.
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