Piling in a car and heading out on an adventure is the only reason you need to go on a road trip. What makes a road trip memorable are the things that happen along the way, whether it’s an interesting character you meet or encountering something absurd, wonderful and unexpected.

On a recent road trip through northern Nova Scotia, absurd and wonderful collided with unexpected when I discovered a farm on a quiet road near Malagash, Nova Scotia with two of the greatest creatures in existence: alpacas and mini horses. Together. It was like the internet itself conjured up this farm and planted it in Malagash for me to discover.

Nova Scotia road trip Malagash alpacas

Needless to say, the car was pulled over immediately and my gang went in for a closer inspection. We were not disappointed. A small, multi-coloured herd of alpacas, as curious about us as we were about them. They were joined by a couple of mini horses who were far less impressed.

Nova Scotia road trip Malagash alpacas

Alpacas are amazing and absurd creatures. While they are herd animals, each one is a quirky little creation unto him- or herself. They often have great hair and are clearly derived from Muppets.

Nova Scotia road trip Malagash alpacas

I will never, ever, get tired of this particular picture, with the poor ginger and his unfortunate under bite, probably being mocked by the blue-eyed dreamboat unleashing Blue Steel behind him.

Nova Scotia road trip Malagash alpacas

Finding these magnificent creatures frolicking together was not intentional, but they were the perfect complement to our road trip adventure. We had no route in mind, no agenda or schedule. “Making good time” wasn’t a priority and we were rewarded with this group of weirdos.

As the alpacas started to lose interest, we wrapped up our visit and hit the road in search of warmth and lunch. It was a sense of adventure that took us down that road, but it was a happy accident that turned it into the delightful adventure it was. The adventure was the perfect kick-off for the 2013 edition of Operation Hometown Traveler.

This year, I’m going to seek out bigger and better road trip adventures. I’m going to set off with little more than a full tank of gas and do my best to find more of these happy accidents wherever they exist.

Nova Scotia road trip Malagash alpacas

Help me out, readers! Are you road tripping this summer? Where are you going? If you’re in Nova Scotia, where should I be going? Fire away in the comments!

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