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Given that Ithaca is surrounded by numerous state forests and contains within itself a plethora of foot trails and recreation ways, not to mention the relative closeness of the Adirondacks, it, along with the rest of Upstate New York is a fantastic place to live if you love goat packing/hiking. In Ithaca, New York I’m known as the “goat lady” and have now apparently passed into urban legend in that town. I had thought my presence relatively unknown until I attended a party with my husband. His coworker turned to me, beer in hand, and with great enthusiasm began to tell me about his personal encounter with the “goat walker” which he had until his fateful encounter believed to be a rumor made up by a friend of his. He remembered the goat in question in detail (Dogo – she does tend to stick in a person’s memory) but apparently had failed to recognize me.

He got to the end of the story and my husband, trying not to laugh turned to him and said, “you know you’ve been talking to the person you met the whole time”.

Yeah. Its weird. Welcome to New York.