Blue Rock Station in Philo, 10 miles southeast of Zanesville, is a 38-acre expression of the Warmke family’s sustainable-living philosophy. Here, among their 2,200-square-foot home built entirely of old tires and trash and the vaulted straw-bale coop that houses a rare breed of chickens, visitors are invited to take a fall trek into the property’s woods with Blue Rock’s herd of working llamas. “October is the most special month to walk with the llamas, because the leaves are so beautiful,” says Annie Warmke. “It’s a gorgeous walk, up over the holler to an amazing birch-tree grove.”
The four-hour excursion includes a tour of the property, a short talk on llama care and a light snack midway at a sunny spot among the sugar maples and birch trees. The walk has some hills, so trekkers should be able to handle a moderate hike, although the llamas carry the packs. The trip is capped off by a relaxed three-course lunch made from locally grown ingredients, followed by a British-style cup of tea. The Warmkes are expecting two baby llamas to be born in the fall.
Treks are available by appointment only, dates listed on the Web site are confirmed, and additional dates can be booked by calling 740/674-4300. 1190 Virginia Ridge Rd., Philo, www.bluerockstation.com
. Adults $35, ages 12 and under $25.