Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Travel | 0 comments

Llamas at ranch at fossil creek

Ever since a park ranger at Phoenix Comicon told us about Arizona’s National Park Centennial Celebration (which you may have seen on recent Happenings Lists), we had planned to make a day trip to Flagstaff to join.

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After a late start the morning of the event, we were finally en route when we learned there had been a freeway-closing collision between us and Flagstaff and that the resulting traffic jam would likely last several hours.

So. We considered our options, ditched the plan, and headed to Payson instead.

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While Phillip drove, I found a list of 35 things to do around Payson and read it to him. #33 was “Fossil Creek Llama Ranch.” Obviously, that went on the afternoon’s itinerary.

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First, though, we stopped at the Beeline Cafe for lunch and pie. They have crazy good pie.

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The clouds were moving in as we stepped out of the cafe and drove towards the Ranch at Fossil Creek in the town of Strawberry.

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The Ranch is home to llamas, goats, Fossil Creek Creamery – where they make fudge, cheese, and soap from goat’s milk – and a little log-cabin-style store with their products.

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It was sprinkling by the time we pulled up and went into the Creamery store. We checked it all out, sampled some cheese, made some purchases.

Fossil Creek Creamery: goat cheese

We went out to watch the animals. The llamas didn’t seem to mind the rain and just hung out around their field, chewing cud.

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The goats, on the other hand, had taken cover and stood huddled together.

Fossil Creek Creamery: goats

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Eventually, one black goat decided the rain had let up enough to venture out. The rest tentatively followed, one by one realizing the drizzle wasn’t so bad, and it was safe to get back to eating, climbing on stuff, butting heads, and doing all their regular goaty things.

 

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ranch at fossil creek - strawberry, arizona

Photo of Phillip by someone at the National Park Service booth.