Finding any occasion to talk about goats

The weeks and the days leading up to the Cream of the Crop Kiko Sale in Corydon, Ind., are always filled with much excitement. As we mentioned in September’s Goat Rancher, we love road trips and all that comes along with them. This year is no different. We have been cooped up in Northern Maine for far too many months at this point. With news that the sale would surely be on, the planning commenced. Instead of heading straight to Indiana this year, we took the more scenic route: a chance for goat peeping, chatting and discussing goats, their purpose on our farm, goals for the upcom- ing year and breeding season, and an opportunity to connect with people along the way.

Our first day on the road consisted of a scenic, small town drive across New Hampshire and Vermont. We ended in Waterbury, Vt., where we checked out the Ben and Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard the next morning before getting on the road. Here we discussed how yummy goat’s milk ice cream might be.

Our next day on the road, we took the ferry across Lake Cham-

plain to New York (which is where our article takes a turn), then headed for the Whiteface Mountains, where we drove to the top to eat our lunch. We did not eat our lunch as it was 40 degrees up there and the wind was whipping hard enough that we steered clear of the


edges. Instead, we drove back down, ate in the truck, and made our way to east of Rochester for the night.

Our last day on the way to Indiana we headed for our cousins’ in Ohio and my parents’ family friend David from the Navy, who we hiatus with each auction road trip.

This trip will surely be another for the books. It has been an in- teresting one, wearing masks everywhere we go and using hand san- itizer like it is going out of style. There have also been many laughs and oopsies, including dumping an entire super large A&W Root Beer float all over the floor of the year-old Tacoma (I won’t let on who pulled that one, Dad!)

As I sit in the front seat of our Sandstone Tacoma with the Chromebook in my lap, my dad driving, my mom handing out hand sanitizer and snacks from the back seat, with the Goat Tote strapped on back, waiting for some new additions we will hopefully add to our farm, I think about my favorite part of road tripping with the Goat Tote.

Hauling a Goat Tote undoubtedly brings many questions to

those passing by, which we have all come to love. Many don’t even know what we are carrying, and often stop to ask us if the tote is for dogs. Sometimes, however, when passerbys have read our magnets

November 2020 | Goat Rancher


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