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    Introducing Charlotte and Abigail

    December 15, 2011 by Brandy Vencel
    Kern Canyon Road

    Yesterday, we went on a wild adventure to Weldon, California. It was not at all planned. In fact, we left in such a hurry that phonics binders and clipboards and math papers were scattered all about…and the dishes weren’t even done! But it didn’t matter. We had been waiting for this day for many months.

    the start of a very long drive

    We rushed over to pick up Si, who was ready and waiting for us with an eat-in-the-vehicle fast food meal. He hopped in, and off we sped. It was a race, in a way. We were leaving at 12-noon, someone could possibly beat us to our goal at 2:00 pm, and we didn’t want to be driving the canyon road at night.

    it’s the places without guard rails
    that freak me out

    Some people drive over rivers and through woods, but we drove through hills and mountains, on dirt roads studded with rocks. I think we put five years on my poor truck.

    When we finally arrived in Weldon, we found that not only could we not use online maps to find the location we were looking for, none of the locals knew where it was, either. With our cell phone dying, we called the seller one more time, and she offered to meet us at the Post Office.

    unmarked dirt roads:
    scene of our wild goose chase

    At that point, we followed her over unmarked roads that really weren’t roads at all–they were simply places worn down by people driving over them. The terrain was definitely perfect for goats–all the weeds they could ever desire to eat, as far as the eye could see.


    We examined her herd and quickly picked out two six-month-old female kids. I immediately fell in love with Charlotte, whom they had nicknamed Tiny because she was so incredibly small. She was compact like a Pygmy goat ought to be {Kinders are half Pygmy}, and so sweet that I could imagine her being a compliant milker.

    We picked Abigail because she looked the strongest with her glossy coat and perfect legs. I hope she doesn’t turn out to be too large, but the smaller brown kids looked too thin and skittish. When the seller’s son lifted her up to place her in the back of our Suburban, I wondered if I had made a bad choice. While Charlotte sweetly allowed them to carry her to the truck, Abigail screamed at the top of her lungs, butting him with her horns and kicking him with her hooves. She is definitely going to be the feisty one of the two, but considering that she is named after Abigail Adams {who was known to be feisty herself}, I suppose this is fitting. I just hope she lets me milk her when the time comes!


    Thankfully, we have months to work on taming.

    The drive home involved getting lost on more rocky roads, and it’s a tale I’ll spare you. I just hope my truck is okay.

    Right now, the kids are at Friend M.’s ranch at school waiting for Si to finish the fence. He was already working on his plans, but when we found these girls, we were glad to have a friend who would hold them so that we didn’t have to pass them by for lack of fencing. We hope to bring them home next week…which should give me a chance to take more pictures, too.

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  • Reply Kelly December 17, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Oh, I’m so glad you finally got a pair!

  • Reply Rahime December 16, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Yay, you got your goats!! I hope they’ll be wonderful additions to your homestead. 🙂

  • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts December 16, 2011 at 5:30 am

    Thanks for celebrating with me a little. 🙂

    Pam, these are half Pygmy and half Nubian, and one of them looks like she’ll have the cute long ears, too. 🙂

  • Reply Pam... December 15, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    I was pretty curious…adoption? Pets? Goats never occurred to me. lol! We had two young ones for a few years. Nubians with pretty long ears. Nice.

  • Reply Mystie December 15, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    What an adventure! I’m glad you finally have your goats!

  • Reply Kansas Mom December 15, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Wonderful! Wonderful!

  • Reply Trisha December 15, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Yay for you! What neat Christmas gifts!

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