Estes Park Wool Market: Estes Park, Colorado

It’s hard to believe this time last week, we were in beautiful Colorado where the temperatures were in the 40’s and high 50’s.  Right now, Baltimore is in the sweltering 90’s.  The Rocky Mountains are breathtakingly beautiful and a picture just cannot capture their majesty.

Of course part of our visit was to attend Estes Park Wool Market held at the Stanley Fairgrounds.  The festival was held June 10-13, 2010.  Despite the 40 degree temperatures, continuous rain, muddy fairgrounds and sheep poo (yes, I  stepped in the sheep poo), we had a great time.  We saw beautiful, huge yaks up close along with paco-vicunas, sheep and alpacas. Since we traveled across the country, I couldn’t leave the festival without some fiber.  I have a mere 1/2 ounce of precious paco-vicuna to spin. I purchased it from Switzer- Land Alpacas owned by Chris & Phil  Switzer. Chris has written a book called Spinning Alpaca & Llama that contains fiber samples and information on the paco-vicunas. I own a copy and have referred to it many times as I learn how to spin alpaca and now paco-vicuna.

Since Estes Park is the gateway to the Rocky Mountain National Park, we continued our journey through the park.  We saw numerous elk but no big horn sheep.  We even visited Sheep Lakes where the big horn sheep are known to gather; I guess the big horn sheep are shy.

Our trip would not be complete without some photos:

Paco-Vicunas (sheared)

Paco-Vicunas (sheared)

Yaks

Yaks

Babydoll Sheep

Babydoll Sheep

Navajo Churro

Navajo Churro

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