Why it’s so great: Parker is home to famed Southfork Ranch from the TV series Dallas, so make sure you take a tour. Don’t leave before trying Kelly Family Farms burger stand, which is located in the middle of a pasture and has quite possibly the most delicious burgers in Texas, all made from grass-fed beef. No word on if the grass-fed beef comes from the cows in said pasture.
Must-do: You can’t visit Parker and not visit the llamas. Yes, the llamas: Dalai Llama, Drama Llama, Barack O’Llama, Como T. Llama, and Bahama Llama to be exact (all actual llama names). At animal adventure company ShangriLlama, you can pet them, walk with them, and learn about them from head to toe, er, hoof.
WHAT DO LLAMAS DO ALL DAY?
Well, aside from eating and cat-napping (they don’t really sleep),
they play all sorts of games with their pack members.
These games include:
“Your Food is My Food”
“Get Out of My Way”
“Can’t Touch Me!”
“I Can Spit Farther Than You Can”
Essentially, llamas spend their day stealing food, pushing other llamas away from “their” food, chasing and spitting at each other, plus wrestling and bucking to assert their ranking in the pack.
Blessedly, a much more magical activity takes place just before the sun goes down. That’s the time of day when llamas spend their excess energy before staying fairly still from sundown to sunup.
This particular activity is called pronking. Think of a rabbit or a deer hopping through a meadow: all four feet leave the ground at once. That’s what llamas actually do, and it’s an odd sight to behold. Even stoic, ultra-serious llamas will join in an occasional pronking session.
With every member of the pack hopping like bunnies for five to 10 minutes, pronking looks like an ancient, ritualistic dance. But it’s just the llamas joining in some last-minute fun.
Llamas don’t pronk everyday. In fact, it’s an occasional activity, and because it happens at dusk, lighting is very poor for videotaping. Mama Llama has tried unsuccessfully for years to videotape her llamas pronking. They’re sneaky about it!
Happy Trails from Mama Llama!