Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Moo Cow Loop

Whenever Roger and I take a walk we give that particular walk a name. We'll say, "Want to do the neighborhood walk? The Big Loop? The Marsh?" Well on Monday we decided to take a new walk right out our front door. We started out on The Big Loop, but made a left turn, heading west towards the cow pastures and walked on the little roads that are behind our house.

It's quiet out there. A few cars passed us by, but for the most part it was just the cows and us for 2 1/2 miles. When we got to the street where we needed to turn left and head east, a mere half mile from our house, the road was literally filled with more than a 100 cows heading toward the barns. We waited for them to pass. I didn't get to photograph them because they were directly in the sunlight. It was delightful to see them. When the last few stragglers finally walked past us, we turned on to the road they had been walking on.
Our house is on a street behind those trees

We had just come from the road by the barn on the right. That's where we waited while the cows took their time walking by. They looked at us. We looked at them. They were curious. We were as well. But we all said our hellos and our moos and walked on.

We named this new walk Moo Cow Loop.  It reminded us of what our little suburban neighborhood must have looked like a mere 30 years ago. It was fun and a great way to forget the ongoing insanity of the news.

46 comments:

  1. Nice walk. Just remember to clean your shoes when you get home.

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    1. John-- You made me laugh out loud. Thank you for that.

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  2. I always like seeing cattle walking from their fields to the barn - for them, it's such a routine. Well, fortunately, we here in the north managed to dodge descending into insanity for another election cycle, thank goodness.

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    1. bev-- We've seen these cows many times in their pastures when we drive into Eureka. It was so nice to see them walking back to their barn. So glad Canada made the safe choice. Yikes.

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  3. That's soooo cool. I'd be all over those cows! How fun!

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    1. Sharon-- We loved seeing them on the road. It was fun to be in their company.

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  4. The cows are polite enough to walk on the side of the road and not make this the poop loop!

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    1. Red-- When they were all on the road they took up the whole space. There was plenty of poop out there. We love the idea of calling it poop loop. Thanks for the laugh.

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  5. I am glad that the roads that the cows have always walked are still used by the cows. And yay for that farmer for holding out against the spec developers!

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    1. CCorax-- This area is pretty rural right outside the city limits. Cow pastures, the bay, and the ocean are all out there within two miles.

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  6. And now imagine every cow wearing a bell around their neck which rings whenever they move and with a different sound for each cow - and you may well be in Bavaria or the Black Forest or Switzerland.

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    1. Sabine-- I love that image and the idea of the cow bells. Yes, that would be lovely.

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  7. I had to Google it but now I'm listening to a young Elvis Presley singing "Milkcow Blues Boogie". Takes me back.

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    1. Catalyst-- We hadn't ever heard "Milkcow Blues Boogie" before. Wow, Elvis and cows, I would have never guessed!

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  8. How nice of the cows to share the road with you. See--we all can get along.

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    1. Patti-- I sure wish we could all get along. We do like these cows and moo at them whenever we drive by them.

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  9. If I'd been thinking, I would have posted this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nc7F_qv3eI8
    Something to try the next time you meet up with the cows.

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    1. CCorax-- That is quite a sound she makes. Wow! I feel bad for what humans have done to these animals. I always say to them, "Beware of humans. They mean you harm." One of the sad part of dairy is that male offspring are raised for beef, and the whole killing cycle of their existence goes on and on. I still wish though, after hearing this beautiful voice, that all cows were called like this.

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  10. What a nice encounter. I'm slowly becoming vegetarian...slowly eating the rest of the frozen chicken, and going to indulge in whatever my sons and their families offer when I visit.

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    1. Barbara-- I like that you are giving up meat. It's good for your health and good for the planet.

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  11. “Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo”

    from Ulysses

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    1. Paul-- I can't tell you how much Roger and I loved this...that you remembered such a great quote and that you came back and posted it here. Thank you so much for that.

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  12. Cows always seem so placid, don't they? I love that first photo. And kudos to Paul for the Ulysses quote -- good thinking!

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    1. Steve-- They do seem so placid. We loved watching them walk by so slowly.

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  13. A visual and emotional treat that you have shared with us! Your naming of your walks is how place names get established -- I knew someone long ago who wrote a book on the place names in Carmel Valley. Fascinating stuff.

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    1. Tara-- I love thinking about how places are named. That is such a cool idea.

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  14. The outdoors are healing to the spirit.

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    1. 37paddington-- We try to get some outdoor time everyday. It is good for the spirit and helps balance the madness of these times.

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  15. There was atime you would seen them driven along the roads around here but sadly no one kees cows around here now, sheep are andother story we have a lot of those and quite offten you see them driven laong the road going to another field

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    1. Billy-- Interesting that you now see sheep there. Up here in Humboldt County it has been home to a lot of dairy farms. It's very cool to see lots of them in the roads.

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  16. Your free-roaming neighborhood cows remind me of the sacred cows of India that I've seen only in photos, wandering in peace, without fear. Looking at your photo, I can hear the sound of the cows walking and hear the birdsong from the many tiny birds on the road and up in the wires. What a beautiful walk on a late October morning! Thank you.

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    1. am-- I love that this reminded you of the sacred cows of India. I hadn't thought of that, but it's a lovely connection.

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  17. A friend and I once stayed at a campground way up in the Rockies near Silverton. We took rode out bikes up a jeep trail and met a huge herd of sheep being driven back down out of the high meadows for the winter. We had dried sheep poop in the treads of our bikes for almost as long as we had the bikes.

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    1. Mark-- That's a very funny sheep poop story. I wouldn't mind meeting up with a big herd of sheep some time.

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  18. Anything that distracts you from the insanity of the news is great! And if it involves a pleasant walk so much the better.

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    1. David-- Yes! That's our attitude exactly. Let beauty overwhelm our senses.

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  19. Hope your both OK I just read about the Wildfires and though of you

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    1. Billy-- We're okay. No fires here. We are in prep mode for the coming two-day power outage. It's pretty crazy and unsettling. I'm going to do a post today about it. Thank you for thinking of us.

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  20. Oh, I love it! What a great distraction.

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- Yes, the best distraction in these times.

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  21. What fun going for a walk and seeing all those cows instead of cars, Robin. yes, I too have been wondering how you were doing with all the CA wildfires news. It's so sad to see all the devastation on the news reports.

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    1. Beatrice-- It was a lovely walk. We have been so stressed lately with the power outages that we haven't done this loop again. Thank you for thinking of us.

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