A Weekend in Leavenworth

This week, Sampa (Bradshaw) and Sam-ma (Smith) flew out here to enjoy some of our beautiful Seattle weather. For the past few days, though, we spent some time in the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth, WA. While there, we spent some time hiking around, enjoying the river, and checking out the shops. The highlight of the trip had to be the petting zoo at Smallwoods Harvest in nearby Peshastin. It wasn’t much to look at from the road, but when we pulled up, we beheld a wonderful little roadside stop that would be perfect for church or community events or a time for weary travelers to distract their demanding children. Sam enjoyed feeding the animals; at first he didn’t know what to make of them (especially the aggressive sheep that kept pushing its way to the front) but before long he was holding out handfuls of pellets for the mini ungulates to nibble out of his hands. Emily and I were nervous, Sam insisted on holding the food in such a death-grip that the animal had to pull at his hands, but he was good about finally letting go, releasing most of the food to fall to the ground but rewarding the animal enough to keep them interested. The icing on the activity, though, was the point where Sam had a single pellet carefully pinched between thumb and forefinger, trying to hold it up to a goat to eat. The goat, unsure about where the smell of food was coming from was swinging its head from side to side with Sam insistently adjusting his hand accordingly. Ultimately, though, he had to give up – goats are stubborn that way.

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