On Sept. 23 at the Cradle of Forestry in Pisgah National Forest, the public has the chance to be part of a unique guided tour and to enjoy some tea with llamas. The guided walks will begin at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and follow a 2-mile paved trail along the Forest Festival and Forest Discovery Trail.
The event is presented by Challenge Adventures, which was founded in 1989. Challenge Adventures creates adventures for youth and organizations focusing on the environment, youth therapy and empowerment. For Challenge Adventures, llamas are “gentle animals with a strong social structure.”
According to the Challenge Adventures’ website, “Each llama has a unique role in the herd, and the herd itself provides a vivid living metaphor that Challenge Adventures’ therapists use to teach lessons about cooperation and teamwork. The llama also provides a projective device… participants frequently project their own identity, wishes and motivations onto their llama.” During the walk, participants will learn about the special traits llamas have for the trail and have the chance to take turns leading a llama. The llamas will carry lunches and snacks, which should be brought to the event. Ice tea will be provided.
The event fee is $5 for ages 16 and up, free for youth. The fee also includes entrance to the site’s trails and exhibits.