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Quest for Cows

June 12, 2018

Quest for Cows

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I’ve been to Marin County (and surrounding areas, including Sonoma County) three times before. And every time I come, I make it a goal to seek out cows. There are pastures all over the place, and it’s hard to drive very far without seeing at least a small heard of cows somewhere. I bought a bunch of carrots with the hope of luring in some cows, and began my adventure.

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Getting to them, however, isn’t always practical. Today, however, I made it my mission to FINALLY get up close and personal with some cows. I started with a rather long walk from the beach house I was staying, past a huge campsite, and down to this hillside pasture. Unfortunately​, the cows had been moved to an area further away, and the fence was electrified. I walked away, very disappointed, but still determined to find other cows elsewhere​.

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When driving back from Heldsburg, I spotted some cows in a pasture not far from the road, with an emergecy lane to pull over in.

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This was a huge pasture, though, and most of the cows were pretty uninterested​ and didn’t have any desire to come closer to me. They definitely were curious about what I was doing, but I wasn’t able to get a super good look at any in particular. After a few minutes snapping some photos and trying to get the cows to eat my carrots, I hopped back in the car.

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We went a bit further and found a much smaller pasture, where the cows were hanging out closer to the edge of the fence​. I was able to get pretty close to them, and although I wasn’t quite able to pet them, it was really awesome to say hi to them and have them just beyond an arm’s​ length. ​

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They were slightly more interested in my carrots than the other cows, but they didn’t eat them. It was worth bringing them though​ because​ I got the cows to come a bit closer to me.

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Probably the best part was seeing this mama cow and her newborn calf.

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In this image, you can actually see the umbilical chord still attached to the mommy cow, meaning she likely had her baby a few hours before I saw them. That was pretty special, to see a day old calf and their first moments exploring the world.

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I definitely have a newfound appreciation for cows and how cUTE THEY ARE. It was really special being able to see them so close.

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