Mountain Air Resort is nestled in a prime location for bicycle buffs; on the Ironman biking route, the resort is also near scenic attractions such as the Coeur D'Alene National Forest, Hayden Lake, and Lake Coeur D'Alene. The two-hour rental includes a mountain bike, helmet, bottle of water, and one extra-enthusiastic high five. The resort is a sprawling campground that offers its own 3–3.5-mile trail that loops around the property.
Their heads wobble unsteadily on long necks. Their knobby knees stick out. Their faces maintain an expression of delighted, bug-eyed curiosity. These gawky creatures are alpacas—petite, fluffy camelids native to the Andes Mountains—and, despite their goofy appearance, they help produce the ultra-fashionable garments sold by Alpaca Direct.
What alpaca farmers Kelley and Jim Hobart founded as a small family farm where they and their children lived, worked, and learned has become a cozy empire that ships yarn, sweaters, scarves, and socks worldwide. The farm manufactures soft, warm yarn, and even offers classes that teach crafters how to knit. Alpaca wool is extremely strong, lightweight, and hypoallergenic, and it naturally comes in a wide range of colors while also being receptive to dyes. Its hollow fibers give alpaca sweaters incredible thermal properties, so cold air stays out and the heat of the pizza you’ve slipped down your shirt stays in.