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Pleasant Journey Alpacas

Premier Genetics in Southwest Colorado

Susan and Glenn Kacsh
4128 CR 129Hesperus, CO 81326
970-259-3384
602-762-5399
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Monday, September 5, 2016

Who's your Daddy or Why we changed our Tag line

Annual's Bea-2 Bomber

Annual's Bea-2 Bomber

After 9 years in the Alpaca business we have changed our business tag line to read: "Premier Genetics in Southwest Colorado". It has always been our goal to improve our herd and add genetics that would accomplish that goal.
This year we were proud to add Annual's Bea-2 Bomber to our Herdsire row co-owned with our wonderful partners (Willow Wind Farm, Gray Alpaca Company, Las Flores del Altiplano).
We will also see our first offspring in 2016 from PJA Golden Victory's Kiowa (fawn) and P read more...
Annual's Chrome Finish

Annual's Chrome Finish

Neversummer's Manchester (and his cave)

Neversummer's Manchester (and his cave)


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Alpaca Seasons

GreyHawk- Reserve Color Champ

GreyHawk- Reserve Color Champ

While the average person thinks of seasons changing being spring to summer and winter to fall, the typical alpaca rancher tends to think of seasons much differently. At Pleasant Journey Alpacas we think of show season, shearing season, cria season and breeding season. A lot of us who are active in all of these aspects on the ranch do this same thing.

Show season is a fun time of the year. It is the time to showcase your ranch, breeding program and to interact with fellow breeders. Fo read more...
Miss Marnie- spring 2015

Miss Marnie- spring 2015


Monday, January 5, 2015

Looking back and Looking forward

Amber Spice- Jan 2015

Amber Spice- Jan 2015

Ah, 2015! A whole new year is upon us! Time to look back and reflect on the past year and to look forward to this new and exciting year in front of us.

2014 was one of the most exciting years for the births of new crias. We highly anticipated offspring from our herdsire, NeverSummer's Manchester and we were not at all disappointed! He gave us five gorgeous females (and also one more female and 2 males for our customers). In addition to these beauties, we got two wonderful males sired read more...
Winter Serenity

Winter Serenity

Happy new Customer! Bye Truffles!

Happy new Customer! Bye Truffles!

Hand Spun Yarn

Hand Spun Yarn

Reserve Color Champ!

Reserve Color Champ!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sliding into winter!

Amber Spice

Amber Spice

Once again, where does the time go?? Seasons change so rapidly! One minute we are starting summer and birthing season and the next thing we know birthing season is over and winter is closing in upon us.

Pleasant Journey Alpacas had a wonderful cria season this year with 6 females and 2 males arriving at the ranch. All wonderfully healthy and beautiful. We were very excited this season as 5 of the crias were sired by our own NeverSummer's Manchester. And they are awesome! Already thin read more...
Marnie and dam Mary

Marnie and dam Mary

High Voltage

High Voltage

Rhapsody

Rhapsody

GreyHawk- RC 2014

GreyHawk- RC 2014


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Summertime fun!

Marnie at 3 weeks!

Marnie at 3 weeks!

It is the last day of July already and as always we wonder where the summer is flying off to! It will be fall before we know it. So far only one of our 8 cria has arrived but she is a beauty. Finally the first offspring from our herdsire NeverSummer's Manchester. She is all we hoped for and is quite the little girl. Strong and big, showing awesome fleece. Starting life at a wonderful 19.4# she grew to 30# in 3 weeks. But oh, she wants a playmate so badly! Meet PJA Manchester's Marnie!

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Big bellies abound!

Big bellies abound!


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Springing into summer!

PJA Secret Sophia

PJA Secret Sophia

Whew, time flies by so fast! We have just completed our show season until this coming fall. It has been a whirlwind with lots of traveling. Shows attended this year were National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO; SWRAS in Cottonwood, AZ; TxOLAN in Hamilton, TX; AOA Nationals in Harrisburg, PA; MOPACA in Kansas City, MO and GWAS in Denver, CO. There was even a quick flight to attend the Futurity as well to go to the auction and see friends. We did well this show season with great placing in all s read more...
Alexis and Truffles

Alexis and Truffles


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Special Visitors!

What a smile!

What a smile!

On March 12, 2014 we were pleased to host a tour group of special needs children from our local Durango, CO area. There were two groups of 6 children per group (along with their 4 adult supervisors) and they were on a field trip to area ranches to learn about jobs on these ranches. We gave them the task of feeding some grain to the alpacas and they were having a ball! They loved meeting the alpacas, especially the crias. Talk about some smiles! They also loved the llamas, Belle and Lobo!
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Fun kids!

Fun kids!

More kids meeting the alpacas!

More kids meeting the alpacas!

Grain time!

Grain time!


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Handspun Yarn!

Yarn of Altitude by Paula Seay

Yarn of Altitude by Paula Seay

I, Susan, have recently embarked on the journey of learning to hand spin! What an awesome feeling to be able to transform raw fleece into yarn. As this point, I have only spun and plied one skein but it is incredible and leaves me yearning for more time in my day to add this to my list of "things to do today". I belong to a wonderful group called "Wild and Wooly Spinners of the West" in Durango, CO. They are such a fun group of gals and are so encouraging to a new spinners. They remind me that i read more...
BEAUTIFUL!

BEAUTIFUL!

First Skein

First Skein "art yarn"- Jan 2014


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

First year on the ranch! What a year!

More babies arriving! CJ and Sophia

More babies arriving! CJ and Sophia

Ok, we are late at getting this blog put up as we have surpassed our 1 year anniversary on the ranch by a couple of months but it is the thought that counts! What a year it has been! Up and downs, tears and laughter but this is the place we are hanging our hats forever!

We got through each season as it came. We moved into our house Sept 8, 2012 so we got to enjoy the beautiful colors of Colorado autumn. Then Old Man Winter decided to visit. Since we had been out of the "winter" for 1 read more...
Antero- our first cria born on ranch!

Antero- our first cria born on ranch!

Freedom- cria # 2- AWESOME!

Freedom- cria # 2- AWESOME!

Showing off our projects!

Showing off our projects!

Asha and Alexis in early snow

Asha and Alexis in early snow


Monday, July 15, 2013

Summertime and the living is GREAT!

buddies- Freedom and Antero

buddies- Freedom and Antero

Wow, we did not realize that so much time has passed since our last blog. We are in our 4th season since moving here to the ranch. We moved up Sept 8th, 2012 so we got through a fall, winter and spring and we are now into summer. Each season has brought new experiences and yes, some trials and tribulations but we have forged ahead. Winter brought the snows and experiencing winter for the first time in 18 years. We would not let a frozen water pipe pr flooded barn keep us down!

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Kiowa- born 6/11/13

Kiowa- born 6/11/13

Antero- born 6/18/13

Antero- born 6/18/13

Freedom- born 6/30/13

Freedom- born 6/30/13