Most weekends we take our goaties for a walk. We normally walk the lower Arroyo Seco but, with the chance of showers on Sunday, we took them to the Rose Bowl Park, which is less than 5 minutes from our home.
We like to walk the trails on the hillside behind the Rose Bowl Aquatics center. The scenery is lovely with the view of the majestic San Gabriel mountains, the lovely Holly St and historic Colorado Bridges. Of course, you can't help notice the massive concrete channel that diverts the mountain and road runoff into a tidy, yet ugly, "riverway" which scars the natural landscape.
Thanks to all the rains we have been having, the hillsides are growing a thick carpet of grass and soft tufts of moss are growing along the stone walls.
Pasadena is a photographers' paradise. I have to restrain myself from taking too many photos - there's always beauty to be found in the landscape and architecture of this town.
Why do we walk our goats? It's an excuse for us to get out and enjoy nature while giving our curious goats something to look forward to. Goats, like dogs or even horses, are intelligent creatures and like interaction with humans and stimulus from their surroundings.
We get to forage for food for our goats. They love dried oak and sycamore leaves and there's plenty of that in the Arroyo. These leaves, or goat chips as we like to call them, save us money by supplementing their diet of garden greens, grains and straw.
And, most selfishly of all, it's fun and relaxing too.
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