Surfing Goats on Maui

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 beside a surfboard

Baby goat ON a surfboard!!!

Baby goat ON a surfboard!!!

This surfing takes it out of you!

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

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?

Hi! Will you be my friend?

Awww!

Awww!

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...

Kids will be kids…

...'Butt' always friends!

…’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

Does at the milking station

Totally unaware of what's coming next

Totally unaware of what’s coming next

Milking a goat with Sue

Milking a goat with Sue

This is so undignified!

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

Intern Paige releasing the does from their pen

Freedom!

Freedom!

Off to the pastures

Off to the pastures

Someone always has to be different!

Someone always has to be different!

Goats in Paradise

Goats in Paradise

On the way back we met one of the Billy goats that lives on the farm.

A curly-horned Billy goat

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

This is where the magic happens

The finished product

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.

How to decided which one to take home? They were all sooo tasty.

Heaven on a cracker!

Heaven on a cracker!

Time to get some take-out

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!

Me first, me first!

Hey! What are you doing on the wrong side of the fence?

Hey! What are you doing on the wrong side of the fence?

Being a kid is exhausting!

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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13 Responses to Surfing Goats on Maui

  1. Oh so fun! Great shots and a great adventure. Thanks for joining challenge!

  2. Cee Neuner says:

    Another marvelous post for this week. 😀

  3. Victoria says:

    So cute! This post made my day- thanks for sharing!

  4. Pat B says:

    Okay, Maui it is! My husband has been talking about going on a trip to Hawaii. Taking a tour of a goat farm isn’t something one usually associates with going there, but these photos are just too cute.

  5. Ohh, those goats are so cute! Love the title. 🙂

  6. This is great! I was planning our summer vacation and as I was looking for inspiration, I came across your blog. I need to go visit the surfing goats! Wonderful pictures, I love the one where they are all eating.

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