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In Utah, a 100-Mile Trek With a 4-Year-Old Boy
New York Times ^ | June 14, 2013 | Bruce Kirby

Posted on 06/16/2013 5:09:43 PM PDT by nickcarraway

We roared across the Wyoming-Utah border at sunset; windows down, stereo cranked, muffler cracked. Behind the wheel was a well-tattooed, pierced 24-year-old. Riding shotgun, a 44-year-old writer with three-day-old stubble (that would be me). And in the back, buried beneath coloring books and blankets, a cherubic boy. We were all three in search of goats.

“This truck is going to fall apart,” announced my 4-year-old son, Bodi, his mouth full of baby carrots. Abe, a longtime family friend, ignored the comment, pushing his rusty Toyota even faster. Sage and tumbleweed stretched across the flatlands; beyond, on the horizon, was our destination: the Uinta Mountains, a half-million acres of forgotten wilderness.

Ten miles past Sulphur Creek Reservoir, we turned down an unmarked dirt lane. Clay Zimmerman, a 56-year-old retired Air Force mechanic, waited for us outside a vinyl-sided house. Clay may be the only person on the entire planet who rents pack goats. (Pack goats are as beloved as household pets to their handlers, and if there were any other goat renters out there, I couldn’t find them.)

The argument for goat packing goes something like this: To begin, as relatively small animals, they are easy to handle. Requiring neither lead nor halter, trained goats will happily follow in a hiker’s footsteps all day. Better still, goats can go places horses can’t, eat things horses won’t (including woody and poisonous plants) and survive for days without water. According to John Mionczynski — whose book, “The Pack Goat,” I’d stumbled upon years earlier — properly trained goats make strong, hardworking and disciplined pack animals, with an intelligence and loyalty that rivals dogs’.

(Excerpt) Read more at travel.nytimes.com ...


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1 posted on 06/16/2013 5:09:43 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Thanks for posting!


2 posted on 06/16/2013 5:26:31 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: nickcarraway

3 posted on 06/16/2013 5:30:02 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: nickcarraway

Nifty post, thank you


4 posted on 06/16/2013 5:34:42 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: nickcarraway

Nice Read!


5 posted on 06/16/2013 5:40:41 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: nickcarraway

Enjoyed learning about these remarkable animals-—I had no idea.


6 posted on 06/16/2013 6:16:45 PM PDT by basil (basil --Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: nickcarraway; goat granny

Someone should ping goat granny...


7 posted on 06/16/2013 7:03:16 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of opression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: nickcarraway

Taking a 4 year old on such a trip seems, well, dumb.


8 posted on 06/16/2013 7:44:17 PM PDT by Paradox (Unexpected things coming for the next few years.)
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To: null and void; Elsie
Thank you for the ping, great story. I read about a farmer that rented his flock out to clear land. He used a snow drift fence to keep them contained and when one area was cleared he's move to the next area..Snow drift fence was fairly easy to set up and take down....I had one goat raised on a bottle that I could let out of the pasture and he'd follow me all around the farm...if I turned a corner and got out of sight, he'd bleet until he found me again..loved to go over to the pond where there were several weeping willows...when he was done eating the willow it looked like it had been clipped all around, just as far up as he could reach....

One day we were walking in front of the house and a car going by had to stop to see what kind of animal was following me..Angora's don't look like regular goats since you shear them their hair is long and white curls...TY again for the ping..

9 posted on 06/16/2013 8:03:19 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: martin_fierro

My first thought was that this is reading like a Hunter Thompson story. All that’s missing is a galaxy of various drugs, raw ether and the great red shark.


10 posted on 06/16/2013 8:55:57 PM PDT by Artie (We are surrounded by MORONS)
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To: basil
Enjoyed learning about these remarkable animals-—I had no idea.

Me?

Carry YOUR stuff???


BWAHhhhhh! ahhh ahhhhhh



11 posted on 06/17/2013 3:39:24 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Elsie
WHAT!??

Get UP??

We're going WHERE???



12 posted on 06/17/2013 4:10:21 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: goat granny

Granny wouldn’t make us do it!


13 posted on 06/17/2013 4:13:15 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: nickcarraway
(Pack goats are as beloved as household pets to their handlers, and if there were any other goat renters out there, I couldn’t find them.)

There are some in Escalante, but it's probably a LOT hotter down in that part of the state. Not near as high altitude.

(Be sure to click on the LAST one in this list!)



14 posted on 06/17/2013 4:33:22 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Elsie

Oh dear! Now I want one—LOL!


15 posted on 06/17/2013 5:27:30 AM PDT by basil (basil --Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: Elsie

It would end up with you carrying those spoiled babies...LOL


16 posted on 06/17/2013 5:48:33 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: basil

basil, you have to have at least 2 prefered 4 like elsie. They are a flock animal and don’t do well by themselves..I started out with 18 and in 5 years had about 80 the last kidding season...we had 20 with 2 sets of twins, but angora’s are a lot different to care for than most goats...they get sheared twice a year and you have to know a shearer. There are many breeds and they make great pets, just remember don’t get one....GG


17 posted on 06/17/2013 6:21:02 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: goat granny

I was kidding! I live in the city on a small lot-—lol!

They are adorable, though.


18 posted on 06/17/2013 6:37:37 AM PDT by basil (basil --Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: goat granny

I love to go to my county fair each summer and visit the Nubian goats they have. They’re so cute :)


19 posted on 06/17/2013 8:38:24 AM PDT by midnightcat
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To: basil

You say that now...

All my wife wanted was a DUCK.


20 posted on 06/17/2013 9:48:15 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: goat granny

You know me too well.

Work for the NSA?


21 posted on 06/17/2013 9:48:46 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: basil
They are adorable, though.

They'll steal your heart! - when they are little.


Then they steal anything they can get their teeth on!

22 posted on 06/17/2013 9:50:46 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: midnightcat

AMEN!

My four thumpheads are grown; but still have their winning ways.


23 posted on 06/17/2013 9:51:58 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: basil

Hey!

What's that in ELSIE's hand???



It's a POTATO CHip!

Get 'im!!!

24 posted on 06/17/2013 9:56:06 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: goat granny
You guys hear what that crazy ELSIE is up, to NOW???


Doesn't he know that HE carries the food; and then WE eat it?

Baaaaaaad idea to try something new on us!

25 posted on 06/17/2013 9:59:31 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: null and void

I’m not a granny but we’ve had dairy goats for 25 years. Never packed with them but really enjoyed the article.


26 posted on 06/17/2013 10:07:18 AM PDT by MomwithHope (Buy and read Ameritopia by Mark Levin!)
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To: Elsie

Around Escalante is great country. You just don’t go the same time of the year as in the Uintas. Late fall, early spring are best. Even winter, if you hit a warm dry stretch.


27 posted on 06/17/2013 12:25:36 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Elsie
You guys hear what that crazy ELSIE is up, to NOW???

Gonna finish up our trip to Utah in the Red Caves of Mount Carmel. Oh No just look at the steep walls. And I hear there is a covey of Rattle Snakes in there...I heard that Binger and his grand kids were in there last night.


28 posted on 06/17/2013 1:32:22 PM PDT by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: Elsie
*****Work for the NSA?******

Shhhh, its a secret, you must have seen the drone I sent your way......:O)

29 posted on 06/17/2013 1:43:38 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: goat granny

I really do get a couple of A-10’s that fly over the hig voltage power transmission lines that are very close to my property.

Seems like Friday afternoons are their practice times.


30 posted on 06/17/2013 4:46:16 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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