Yes you did read the title correctly… Surfing Goats.
At Surfing Goat Dairy, no less.
Where you can actually see goats – including baby goats, I might add – on surfboards. Look….
Baby goat beside a surfboard
Baby goat ON a surfboard!!!
This surfing takes it out of you!
How cool is that?!
OK, so admittedly it’d be even cooler if the surfboard was on the water, but you have to admit, it’s still pretty cool!
Surfing requires a lot of energy
I’ve been to Surfing Goat Dairy twice now. It’s located in the Up Country area of Maui, at an elevation of around 1300 feet, on the slopes the Haleakala Volcano.
Hi! Will you be my friend?
On my most recent visit we did the full-on Grand Dairy Tour, which I highly recommend. Our guide was Thomas, one of the founders of Surfing Goat Dairy, who emigrated here to Hawaii from Germany with his wife, Eva.
Kids will be kids…
…’Butt’ always friends!
The tour began with a demonstration of how the goats are milked. The does (female goats) get a snack to keep them happy during the process. And they probably needed it more than ever the day we were there, since we were allowed to try our hand at milking them. Sorry ladies!
Does at the milking station
Totally unaware of what’s coming next
Milking a goat with Sue
This is so undignified!
Next we headed out with the flock, escorting the adults from the pen near the milking area out to one of their beautiful pastures.
Intern Paige releasing the does from their pen
Off to the pastures
Someone always has to be different!
Goats in Paradise
On the way back we met one of the Billy goats that lives on the farm.
A curly-horned Billy goat
Next we learned all about how the milk when helped collect will be turned into cheese.
This is where the magic happens
The finished product
Finally, we got to taste some of that cheese, which comes in over two dozen flavours and varieties. Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm! Delicious!
How to decided which one to take home? They were all sooo tasty.
Heaven on a cracker!
Time to get some take-out
And after we were fed, we chanced to see the kids having their lunch, too. Everyone say, “Awww!”
Me first, me first!
Hey! What are you doing on the wrong side of the fence?
Being a kid is exhausting!
This post was inspired by the photo themes of Big and Small from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge and Good Times from Nancy Merrill Photography.
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