I am still harboring dreams of back packing with my pathetic back. So this winter I purchased new straps so the packs fit our goats better and took Zeus out for a test run today. After I put the pack on I took him out to our back forty (actually closer to 4) and we hiked around. I then added some cheap duffle bags and we did another loop. This time we did some trail maintenance, me with a machete and Zeus with his mouth. There are a lot of wild berries growing back there: red huckleberries, thimbleberries, salmon berries, red elderberries and European and native blackberries. While we were maintaining trail I was thinking I need to delve into my wild native berries cookbook this summer. Anyway, I then loaded Zeus up with some bags of wool and we did a third trip out back, this time with the dogs so he could get used to them. Zeus did great, and the straps seem to be perfect. So now I will order some more of these straps for the other goats and start retraining them too.
After lunch I milked some of the does and got 3 quarts of milk. I then spent some time with the remaining goat kids trying to convince them that I am not evil. So all and all, a good goat day. Next we are going to get into our wood fired hot tub to soothe our aching muscles.