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Sunset Hike with Goats

Animals

Sunset Hike with Goats

23 reviews
Guidelines created with World Animal Protection
Duration
1.5 hours
Group size
Up to 4 people
Includes
Drinks
Hosted in
English, German
Animals

Sunset Hike with Goats

Animals

Sunset Hike with Goats

23 reviews
Guidelines created with World Animal Protection
Duration
1.5 hours
Group size
Up to 4 people
Includes
Drinks
Hosted in
English, German

What you'll do

We will meet at Manchester Nature Preserve in Encinitas. The guests will meet Buttercup and Cotton Candy, our angora goats, feed them treats and then take turns holding the leashes as we walk along the nature preserve trails. This is a scenic hike through the California Sage Brush, with wild flowers (seasonal). While we're walking you can learn about the history of the angora goat and goat keeping in general, ask questions or simply enjoy their sweet personalities as we walk (or run) along the trail. Contrary to goat yoga this activity is suitable for all ages and does not require special athletic skills. We will end the walk with plenty of picture time and enjoy a cold sparkling water. Please note: Goat walking is slightly different from dog walking. Goats like to browse, meaning they regularly stop to nibble on vegetation. This makes the walk fun for them and mimics their natural behavior. Also, just like us humans, there are days when they feel energized and move at a fast pace (usually during cooler weather) and other days when they feel more lazy and want to stop for snacks more often. I do not want or expect my animals to perform like circus animals, instead I adapt to their energy level. For that reason the hiking times and distances do vary.
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Simone

Simone

I am a life long animal lover. As a holistic health practitioner I have been studying the healing powers of animals, especially prey animals like horses and goats, on humans that suffer from PTSD, autism and depression. Spending time in the presence of these animals is soothing, fun and brings out the playful curious side in people. After seeing the responses of random strangers on the beach (like adults running after us squealing with excitement) every time we take Butters and Candy (our angora goats) for a walk, I thought it would be nice to share this experience with others.

What's included

Drinks
Flavored Sparkling Water

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Where you'll be

We will be hiking through California native plants at Manchester Preserve in Encinitas. Depending on skill level we can either take the valley trail (easy) or hike up to the ridge overlooking San Elijo Lagoon (moderate). The Beach Walk is available after Labor Day due to overcrowded beaches and lack of parking during the summer. This hike is tide dependent because the beach we are allowed to walk on is only accessible during low tide.

Availability

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 7 days before the experience is scheduled to start or within 24 hours of purchase.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests of all ages can attend.

More tips

Try to avoid chemical sunscreens and strong perfume/ cologne since goats have a sensitive nose and might not want to take treats from you. Traffic in Socal is always intense, so please, plan plenty of time for your drive to the trail head .
Simone
Sunset Hike with Goats
23 reviews
From €52/person
23 reviews
From €52/person