Mr. McCalla’s llamas.

If you drive north on Farm Road 4 in Palo Pinto County, Texas,  you will pass through a buccolic valley nestled between heavily wooded and lush green hills.  For those who think that West Texas is all flat, dry and treeless, this drive is a pleasant surprise.  (Note:  Amongst folks in these hills, there is a degree of regional pride that says this area is actually North Central, not West, Texas.)  

Along FM 4, just south of Lone Camp, I took a detour onto Ward Mountain Road winding up to the top of one of those hills.   On top of Ward Mountain, I came across a flock of llamas owned by Mr. Roland McCalla.  Mr. McCalla bought his first llamas a few years ago, just because they were nice to have around.  He named each llama, and he pointed out each one, telling me who is kin to whom, llama-wise.  Mr. McCalla has done a lot of reading about llamas and their history.  He said, “Llamas are descended from a South American god.”  Ah… very good!   I am heartily in favor of caring for any animal descended from a god.  Perhaps that is where they get their intelligence.  They are curious animals, always eager to meet a newcomer and not at all bashful about posing for photos.  Too, they were most polite and refrained from spitting at me.

Please let us know what you think about what we see.