Sunday, March 20, 2011

Tennessee, Llamas and Donkeys--Oh My!!!

We've had such a nice day!!  Blue skies and sunshine, but a little cooler than it was yesterday. But that didn't keep us from getting outside into the fresh air and taking the dogs for a walk. (below is Hamlet)
It was quite a change from the weather we had last week while in Tennessee.  We had everything there from snow to rain to warm sun--The view were just stunning; eastern Tennessee is really beautiful!
But the trip there was really nice!!  The cabin at 'Autumn Dancer Llama Farm' is just perfect!!  It has every comfort of home that you could possibly need or want!  It is the perfect 'dog friendly' getaway--Carl and I and the dogs felt right at home!  The miniature donkeys were really friendly but the dogs had a hard time being convinced of that! 
I really loved the llamas!  Unlike Carl (below) I kept my distance from them and admired them from afar.  I took a lot pictures of them--It was hard to pick out my favorites because the llamas seem to be photogenic--Who would have guessed that?    
Below is a French-Canadian Appaloosa Llama...
Even though we lost Tanner just after we returned, we really feel like our batteries have been recharged. 
I think it gave us the extra energy to get through the week. 
We can't wait to go back again, and may return in the fall. 
If you're looking for a really nice 'dog friendly' place to stay near Gatlinburg Tennessee, here's the link to where we stayed:


  1. I am so happy you two + got some time away, sounds wonderful.

  2. What an awesome trip you had! Those animals are cool. Bet it was fun meeting them. I hope they all were friendly towards you doggies.

  3. Beware of llamas - they will spit - I know from experience - and it's slimy!! LOL!!

    It looks like you had a great time - it's nice to get away occasionally and just have a change of pace.

  4. I'm glad to hear you all had such a good time. You took some great pictures.

    Spring is definitely in the air. Have a blessed week. ♥

  5. just catching up with your blog. I am so sorry to hear about Tanner's loss.

    Those alpaca are cute, and thanks for the link to the dog friendly place, we love Tennesse and hope to visit one day, hopefully with Molly,

    Gill in Canada

  6. So happy to hear you had a good time and it seemed to be what you needed. Great pics!

  7. You sound like you are doing very well.Indeed, that little break did you a lot of good. Sweet photos!

  8. Good morning Kim. I love Llama's. They are such friendly creatures (I heard they spit, though... lol). This sounds like a wonderful, peaceful place to relax. It looks like everyone had a good time. Hamlet looks like he has a smile on his sweet face. And that Donkey is precious (I wish I knew what he was thinking...)
    Glad you all had a good time.

  9. Good Morning, Kim!
    That scenic view of the hills - looks like a painting, would be great blown up and framed. The llama faces are so cute!
    I'm sure the dogs had never encountered such strange different animals before, I wonder what they had going on in their minds!
    I am glad you guys had such a great time!
    Good Sunday!

  10. Loved the pups barking at the donkeys. And that last llama is priceless!

  11. What could be better?? Gorgeous views of the stuning hills, cute donkeys and llamas and to be with your beloved dog too?? I can almost breathe the air as I look at your pictures...what a fun trip! Glad it recharged your did mine too just looking at it, Kim:-)

  12. Kim, that trip sounds AWESOME and with the dogs no less! That's the only way to go...:)JP

  13. Wow, thank you for all the lovely pictures and hooray for recharged batteries! I have three days off now to recharge mine :o)

  14. Oh - that shot of the Tenn. mountains is just beautiful - we love the appaloosa llama and his spots! They certainly DO seem to be looking at the camera and those pix of the doggehs and donkeys are priceless! Lovely getaway - glad you got to go!
    Hugs xoxoxo
    Sammie, Avalon and Ozzie

  15. Great photos. Wilf had a run in with a temperamental llama at a hotel just off Hadrains Wall on our journey from Scotland to France. He went to say hello and got a face full of high velocity phlegm. One unimpressed PON !

  16. It looks like a great place to relax and recharge. The dogs seemed to enjoy it, too.

  17. Hi Kim,
    Those are beautiful photos. Hamlet looks very good.
    What a wonderful place you have found, we definitely want to go there.
    Thanks for sharing the photos and information.

    Sheila & Bob

  18. Beautiful pictures, particularly of the llamas which are so beautiful. They have such ridiculous expressions on their faces, don't they?! Love the photos of the dogs 'chatting' to the donkey.

    Hamlet looks wonderful with the breeze in his hair. He really is smiling!


  19. Kim,
    I love the photos...especially that last photo of him peeking around the corner! I am so glad you had such a great time and turns out you really would need the time with Tanner.
    Thank you for sharing your moments with us!

  20. Hey Kim,
    You were close to my neck of the woods...What a great glad you were all able to get away for a few days.
    Hugs and belly rubs!

  21. Gee, between the donkeys and the llamas....they are both so incredible looking! Great photos Kim and it looked like you had a good could you not with that beautiful view!
    Lucky dogs to have gone with you!

  22. I think being around all those sweet animals would recharge my battery for sure! How fun Kim!

    Have a wonderful week Kim!
    Big hugs,
    xo Catherine

  23. I love Tennessee. We've gone there the past two summers and I would gladly go again this summer. Looks beautiful!


  24. Oh Kim
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful trip to Tenessee with us.
    The beauty is everything I imagined on how it would be. The Alpacas are such sweeties, and so beautiful. We have some that live in our area too. The minature donkeys remind me of the donkeys my moms used to have.
    I know your "get away" revived you,,, and now I am hoping you start to get some wonderful spring times.
    I hope you can go back again to your little hide away in Tenessee.
    Thank you for sharing the beauty.
    I think of you every day,, and send love for your heart to continue healing.

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  26. big sheep.....thats what they look like

  27. So beautiful - what a nice time you had :)

  28. What an absolutely beautiful place. I can see why you returned refreshed from that peace and serenity. Who knew that there were Appaloosa llamas? I wonder what a sweater made of that fur would look like?

  29. Kim, it looks like you had a wonderful time! I love the photo's.

    I love western North Carolina and Eastern TN as well. I miss our trips down to the region and exploring all the beauty.

    I really need to find a chicken sitter!

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  31. HI Kim, It looks like you had a wonderful time in a beautiful and animal friendly atmosphere. I have never been to Tennessee. I love the picture of Hamlet. It looks like he is doing OK now which is so great.--Inger