But LLAMAS??!! And an OUTDOOR MOVIE??!! As they say in Minnesota, "You bet'cha!"
I overheard Hannah Twiton say that she had experience handling horses, s0 she felt quite at ease with the llamas. You will, nevertheless, note the camera she is holding. The event must have been unusual enough for her to want a photographic record of it.
The llamas arrived (no joke) on the back of the luggage truck. The luggage (thankfully) was relegated to another vehicle for the day. The llamas had been barged up to the landing down at Lake Chelan, loaded up on the back of the truck, and driven the 12 miles up the switchbacks and the gravel road into Holden. Here they were off-loaded onto the luggage dock in front of what is called "the hotel."
The arrival coincided with the noon meal, and it was not very long before they were discovered on the luggage dock just below the windows to the dining hall. It was time to abandon the beans and rice. grab a camera, and head out.
The llamas were on leashes, and their owners seemed to have no problem in handing over the leashes to young and old alike. The llamas seemed to have no problem with inexperienced handlers either.
The llamas were here for a reason. They had been brought up by the Forest Service to serve as pack animals for the trail clearing crews. During the latter part of the winter, there were several major avalanches covering portions of trails outside of Holden. The crews will need to be out and on the job for extended periods of time and need a considerable amount of equipment to take care of massive clean-ups. Apparently, llamas are a good choice to serve in that capacity.