Mary Clark is a native Washingtonian. Her husband, Barry, grew up near Syracuse, N.Y. Both have lived the city life.
So what are they doing on a farm near Westminster with 19 alpacas, three llamas, four barn cats, three house cats and two dogs?
Eighteen months ago, the Clarks said adios to their hectic urban life. Mary quit her job as a counselor at NIST and the family packed up their belongings in their home north of Kensington and headed to rural Carroll County to raise and breed alpacas.
Barry still commutes four days a week to his job at the Department of Energy in Germantown. The other three days, he’s Barry Clark, alpaca farmer — cleaning the barn, feeding and, yes, talking to the animals.