Yam Yam is not a Yak.



One of the beautiful things about our new digs at the end of McCourtney Road at the bottom of Grass Valley, is the drive home. Driving McCourtney Road from town is a magical journey every time, about 30 minutes drive on a two lane road. We start in  deep forested terrain, travel down into the scrubby foothill brush, then continue down into beautiful rolling hills full of gorgeous old Oak trees. Once we hit the hills, we pass many a ranch. Lots of horses, and lots of cows. Falyn, while not really liking farm life much, really LOVES the cows. She wants to ride one. I do not know why.

After making the drive many times, we became more familiar with the ranches and what they had. One very small holding has some nice white horse fencing, and quite a menagerie of animals. On one particular day I noticed a rather interesting looking creature, which I mistakenly thought was a yak or some other similar animal. This adorable animal was smaller than the average cow, had shaggy hair, and a completely emo hair cut. Cute and adorable do not begin to describe this lovely beast. Even more amusing is the amount of squealing, cooing, and adoring that Falyn spews out of her face each time we pass. It makes me laugh out loud each time, and its been more than a month now.

Overtime, we gave the beast the name Yam Yam. We do not know if it is male or female, but we think the name works either way. Just the other day, Falyn tried to look up Yak to find a picture of this thing to compare. She found lots of Yak photos, but no match. I suggested she look up “cows with bangs” and low and behold TONS of pictures of Yam Yam relatives showed up.

Please to enjoy, the Scottish Highland Cow.


About Rachel "Ginger" Lazarus

I'm a post-feminist, ex-showgirl, looking to make a fulfilling life in the country with my fella, our girls, our dog, and "the ladies" our dozen chickens.
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