CLC18 Ride 7: … and Turf

Tuesday, April 3, 2018    2.5 miles

And now we get to the turf part of our day. After finishing my ride along Half Moon Bay, I drove about 20 miles south to the town of Pescadero. I’ve taken you here before in one of the BLCs I think. What I didn’t get to show before was the North Road and some of its little wonders that I love.

As soon as you turn onto North Road, there are some great old buildings. One used to be the blacksmith shop. Another was a garage. Around the corner was a side street I’d never been on before; I saw a log house, a lot like a Lincoln Logs building. The school is on this street, and then it becomes farmland. Behind all the houses is a large greenhouse operation, probably for cut flowers.

It being April and all, it’s also time for goats to birth their kids at the Harley Farms Goat Dairy. It was closed for business today, but the pens are still open for people to see the goats and to see the newest babies. What I didn’t expect was to see about four kids being born and then watching them to take their first steps. Pretty amazing. Their baby bleats were funny too.

After getting my baby goat fix I continued on to make a loop back to town. Saw more animals and more agriculture to continue the turf theme. Once back in town I fortified myself for the drive home with a latte from the local cafe.

What a great day after all.

a white farmhouse with a long driveway and a white picket fence near the street.
We’re at the far end of the main street in Pescadero right near Pescadero Creek. I have always lusted after this house. It’s the historic McCormick House Inn now.
an old wooden building with a false front and big front doors. The word "blacksmith" is barely discernable.
We make the turn onto North Road and start seeing some older buildings. You can almost make out the word “blacksmith” above the doors. It’s now a residence.
a closeup of an old garage door with a skeleton key hole that appears to have tinwork around it.
Across the street from the blacksmith shop is an old garage. The doors are fabulous. Check out the work around the keyhole.
a side of a log building that may be very old
A side street around the corner from the old garage is this log cabin.
a recumbent trike near a wooden sign that shows a pointing girl and a goat.
I’m getting closer to my destination.
a green field and hillside with a sign that says Moore Ranch, ever since 1853.
Before we get there, we have to appreciate Moore Ranch, been here ever since 1853.
a recumbent trike parked near a sign that says Goat Shop, and hanging below it a sign that says, Shut.
We have arrived at the Harley Farms Goat Dairy. Pokey has to stay outside. And unfortunately the shop is closed, so no fresh goat cheese today.
Goat milking equipment, with hoses and a ramp for the goats to go in and out on.
The milking shed. The gals behave like preteen girls, the owner said. They have cliques and have to stand next to their friends or else they get uppity.
a little girl hanging on a fence watching goats and their newborn kids
There were several little girls there with their parents and grandparents who excitedly told me all about the kids they’d already seen born. I said I’d been there a million times and never seen any born, they were really lucky to see that. After I’d wandered to another area one of them ran up to tell me that another kid was about to be born and to hurry over.
a group of about 10 baby goats in a pen with straw and a bucket with milk in it
These kids are 7-10 days old. Pretty chill – the kids are usually rambunctious, hopping around, standing on top of the milk bucket. Their hair is unbelievably soft.
A white barn and a garden with lots of flowers in it.
The back of the main barn. The cheese is made in there, and there’s a store.
a mother goat and two kids in a barn with straw on the ground.
I watched this little guy get born. Mom is still cleaning it up. In the background is its sibling, older by about a half hour. You can watch the birth too, in the short video below. Watch it to the end to see the first steps of the older kid.

Two horses in a paddock.
After leaving the goat dairy, I find lots more in the way of animal and agricultural wonders just outside Pescadero. These horses were curious about the trike.
a fenced field with about a dozen white ducks in it.
Those white dots are ducks. I never saw a duck paddock before.
A field with some viney plants growing on frames.
I don’t know what’s growing here.
A field of lavender bushes.
Lavender.
A main street of a small town, with buildings on either side and cars parked along the street.
Annnnd we make back to downtown Pescadero. So unbusy on a Tuesday, when lots of businesses are closed, that I had no trouble riding down the middle of the street and stopping to take photos.
a wooden table with a cup of coffee and saucer, and a bicycle helmet.
To make this an official CLC ride, I purchased a latte at the Downtown Local cafe.
satellite view of Pescadero with a red line indicating the bike route ridden
CLC18 Ride 7: Turf full of goats and kids.

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9 response to "CLC18 Ride 7: … and Turf"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: April 5, 2018

    Very nice, but until the last moment I feared it was about to turn into a goat rodeo. Now I must refrain from ever using such a term again! 😉

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: April 5, 2018

      Ha! I love those goats. They’re quick to add you to the herd. And there’s a guard llama too. They’ll kick a coyote to death to protect their goats.

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: April 8, 2018

    I love that first house, too. If I were to ever buy my own place, it would have to have a deep wrap-around verandah. My good friend had goats one summer at her place to keep the grass down on her acre. She lives on the edge of a city next to a park where all the kiddos come to play soccer on Saturdays. The kiddos would love petting the goats through the fence. But then, the goats started climbing the apple tree and scaling the 8-foot-tall fence, and my friend kept getting angry parents coming over because the goats were standing on their cars! After a few insurance pay-outs for damaged hoods, my friend went back to sheep lawnmowers the next summer. Em

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: April 8, 2018

      Em,

      +1 on the wrap-around verandah. I imagine them as popular on the stations out your way, maybe because so many movies have them looking like that. Pretty interesting (but expensive) story about your friend. Goats are smart and wily and don’t listen to humans very well.

      -K

  3. By: Bikerdockeith Posted: April 8, 2018

    Hi Kathleen,

    Very cool little town. What a shame not to be able to get some fresh cheese. I am one of those who always stops for cheese. And I’m not from Wisconsin!
    Cheers,
    Keith

    • By: Kathleen Jones Posted: April 8, 2018

      Ah, I coulda gotten their cheese from the store in town but didn’t think of that until this very minute. Plus the cheese while the gals are nursing has much higher fat content so richer and less goaty. Still would prefer to buy from them directly.

      This town is our little coastside getaway. It’s staying tiny but getting way more touristy – there are some pop-up shops selling locally-made goods, and a couple of the storefronts are being rebuilt after being neglected for years and years. Places that used to be closed on Mondays are now closed on Tuesdays because so many people are doing longer weekends. Which is great for me since my weekend is Sun-Mon.

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