Tammy and I were heading out the other day to do a photo shoot. As we coasted down the hill into the Village of Cuchara we caught a glimpse of a couple of pedestrians walking down the road with what appeared to be a couple of the oddest looking great danes we had ever seen. We drove slowly by, peering out of the passenger window like the curious, nosy locals that I suppose we have become. We had it all wrong, these folks weren’t walking their dogs they were walking their Goats. We felt compelled to investigate and we whipped around into a parking spot in front of Dakota Dukes General Store.
Things have always been a little bit different here in Cuchara. You expect to see the unexpected, like cattle drives through town, bears on front porches and dogs out to dinner with their families. But people out strolling about with their Goats! That’s News.
As it turns out, Nan and Phil Hassey of Rye were visiting Cuchara for the first time along with Cuzco (10 years old) and Nibbles (3 months old). Nan and Phil prefer to take the goats with them everywhere they go, Goat Vacations they call them. On this outing, they found goat friendly lodging at the Cuchara Inn and a great eight-mile hike up the Dike Trail. In his prime, Cuzco carried his own pack, up to 50 or 60 pounds.
Nan and Phil have to keep a tight leash on Cuzco when dogs are around. When he was younger, Cuzco had a bad experience where he was chased right over the edge of a cliff. That’s where he lost his left horn. Yep, when you head out for the day around here, you never quite know what to expect. The Greatest Adventures Are not only the places you go, but the people you meet along the way.