Goats Have Wet Tongues On Grave’s Mountain In Syria, Virginia

by Sherry Riter in Alyssa,Apple Festival,Family,Travel,Virginia

Alyssa has this thing about saliva.

She doesn’t want any farm or zoo animal to lick her…ever, but she loves animals.

When we made the wrong turn on Grave’s Mountain and found The Little Red Hen and her friends, it was very exciting. Next to The Little Red Hen was a large pasture with goats.

Goats on Graves Mountains

The goats walked right up to the fence and we could touch them!

Goats on Graves Mountains

Alyssa was as excited as my sister and I had been all those years ago.

Ahhhh….memories-in-the-making colliding with memories of the past.

Goats on Graves Mountains

“Look!!!” Alyssa squealed, ” The goats are pregnant!”

Boy were they pregnant!!!

Goats on Graves Mountains

The little baby goats are called kids and they acted like rambunctious two-year-old human kids as they hopped around eating grass.

Goats on Graves Mountains

The kids would get underneath the mama goat and nudge her udder and then grab onto the teats searching for milk. They were so cute!

Goats on Graves Mountains

Okay. I was excited with all the goat antics too.

Goats on Graves Mountains

The goats and their kids grazed and co-existed so peacefully.

People are so stupid to be mean to each other and fight all the time.


Goats on Graves Mountains

Goats on Graves Mountains

Then there was the goat that missed the appointment with the hairdresser.

Goats on Graves Mountains

This unsheered goat reminded us of Bella!

Goats on Graves Mountains

I have to get back to the saliva thing.

When Alyssa was a little girl, I would beg her to let animals eat food out of her hand or to at least hold the container so that they could get close. She wouldn’t hear of it! No way!

“I might get spit on me!” she would say.

Goats on Graves Mountains

There are no words to describe my thrill when my 18 year old daughter FINALLY wanted to feed the animals from her hands! It is a day that will go down in history!

Goats on Graves Mountains

Alyssa was a natural at it too. She just filled her hands with the food and put them out.

The goats were eager to participate in this historic moment.

Goats on Graves Mountains

“Ewww, Mom. I hope you are getting pictures because you might not ever get the chance again,” Alyssa said, but I could tell she was loving the experience.

Goats on Graves Mountains

“They are just so cute!” Alyssa kept saying.

Yeah, she just about forgot all about their wet tongues.

Goats on Graves Mountains

The joy on her face thrilled my heart.

Alyssa finally fed the animals and it is a moment imprinted in my brain forever.

Goats on Graves Mountains

Don’t worry. We had gallons of water and rolls of paper towels in the trunk of the car, so Alyssa didn’t have goat slobber on her hands for too long.

It turned out to be a good thing that we got lost after all. As a mother, I have soaked in every experience possible with my child and this day with the goats was well worth the wait.

This post was written by...

Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kelley November 8, 2011 at 6:15 am

Those goats are adorable! I am glad getting lost led to such a wonderful mother/daughter experience! 🙂


2 SupermomWannabe November 8, 2011 at 7:21 am

This is too sweet! It's awesome that you take these kind of opportunities to enjoy the world and time with your kids. The photos are great, looks like fun!


3 Stéfan November 8, 2011 at 8:59 am

It does sound like a great moment. Thanks for sharing it with us.


4 Cascia Talbert November 8, 2011 at 10:05 am

That is so precious! It looks like you had a wonderful time with your daughter. I love your photos.


5 The Zany Housewife November 8, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Ooooh I just LOVE this post Red!!! I'm currently obsessed with goats. Not that I have a place to put them. I feel the same way as your daughter when it comes to dogs. I don't care if random animals lick me, but dogs? Egads. The stenchy breath makes me want to vomit.

It looks like you both had a great time and I love seeing all these pictures! 🙂


6 PJ January 21, 2013 at 1:42 pm

What Beautiful Pictures! I love Alyssa’s outfit! She always dresses so pretty when you show pictures of her, no matter what she is doing! The animals are the one thing I like about living in the country. We have goats and horses on either side of us. We don’t even have to own any, because they are always getting out and feeding over in our yard, hence no flowers! LOL! Anyway, interaction with them is a wonderful experience to have.

God Bless,


7 Sherry Riter January 21, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Thank you! Yes, Alyssa is very stylish even when she doesn’t try. LOL

I wish I had goats! I love them!


8 Jerel Gall May 2, 2014 at 3:43 am

Goats…..aaugh! Great lawnmowers, garbage disposals, intuitive as all get out (chasing goats that have picked yet another locked gate is tiring work), provide a tasty beverage, but riding them can be painful. Alyssa’s smile is proof enough of the fun the two of you had.


9 Sherry Riter May 2, 2014 at 7:18 am

We DID have SUCH a great day up there! I love it up in the Shenandoah Mountains area. The air is clean and smells so fresh!


Leave a Comment

"How rare and wonderful is that flash of a moment
when we realize we have discovered a friend."

~William E. Rothschild~

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts.
I respond back to all comments.


Previous post:

Next post: