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Sunset Hike with Goats

Encinitas, United StatesPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

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Animal experience hosted by Simone

90 mins
Includes drinks
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English, German

What you'll do

We will meet at Manchester Nature Preserve in Encinitas. The guests will meet Buttercup and Cotton Candy, our angora goats, feed them treats and then take turns holding the leashes as we walk along the nature preserve trails. This is a scenic hike through the California Sage Brush, with wild flowers (seasonal). While we're walking you can learn about the history of the angora goat and goat keeping in general, ask questions or simply enjoy their sweet personalities as we walk (or run) along the trail.
Contrary to goat yoga this activity is suitable for all ages and does not require special athletic skills. We will end the walk with a mohair spinning and knitting demonstration and enjoy a cold sparkling water.

Please note: Goat walking is slightly different from dog walking. Goats like to browse, meaning they regularly stop to nibble on vegetation. This makes the walk fun for them and mimics their natural behavior. Also, just like us humans, there are days when they feel energized and move at a fast pace (usually during cooler weather) and other days when they feel more lazy and want to stop for snacks more often. I do not want or expect my animals to perform like circus animals, instead I adapt to their energy level. For that reason the hiking times and distances do vary.

If you have health concerns consider making your goat hike "private."
We will meet at Manchester Nature Preserve in Encinitas. The guests will meet Buttercup and Cotton Candy, our angora goats, feed them treats and then take turns holding the leashes as we walk along the nature preserve trails. This is a scenic hike through the California Sage Brush, with wild flowers (seasonal). While we're walking you can learn about the history of the angora goat and goat keeping in general, ask questions or simply enjoy thei…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    Flavored Sparkling Water
From £40
/ person
Tue, 9 Mar
£40 per person
16:30 - 18:00
Join 2 other guests
£40 per person
Mon, 15 Mar
£40 per person
£40 per person
Tue, 16 Mar
£40 per person
£40 per person

Meet your host, Simone

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 52 Reviews
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I am a life long animal lover. As a holistic health practitioner I have been studying the healing powers of animals, especially prey animals like horses and goats, on humans that suffer from PTSD, autism and depression. Spending time in the presence of these animals is soothing, fun and brings out the playful curious side in people. After seeing the responses of random strangers on the beach (like adults running after us squealing with excitement) every time we take Butters and Candy (our angora goats) for a walk, I thought it would be nice to share this experience with others.
I am a life long animal lover. As a holistic health practitioner I have been studying the healing powers of animals, especially prey animals like horses and goats, on humans that suffer from PTSD, autism and depression. Spending time in the presence of these animals is soothing, fun and brings out the playful curious side in people. After seeing the responses of random strangers on the beach (like adults running after us squealing with excitement) every time we take Butters and Candy (our angora…
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Where you'll be

We will be hiking through California native plants at Manchester Preserve in Encinitas.
Depending on skill level we can either take the valley trail (easy) or hike up to the ridge with views of the local mountains (moderate).
The Beach Walk is available after Labor Day due to overcrowded beaches and lack of parking during the summer. This hike is tide dependent because the beach we are allowed to walk on is only accessible during low tide.

Rated 4.90 out of 5 from 52 reviews.

Lori
February 2021
We really enjoyed this experience! Simone and her daughter were friendly, happy, personable and easy to be with - good vibes! Butters and Cotton Candy were great! Happy to meet them all. Thanks Simone and Summer!
Jaymee
February 2021
i had so much fun on the hike. Simone and her daughter Summer were so sweet. they were filled with knowledge and kindness. i absolutely recommend this activity!
Caitlin
January 2021
We had such a nice time w/ Simone and her daughter. They are lovely and the goats were so sweet. My 4 year old son and 6 year old daughter had such a blast. They have not stopped talking about it. Fun hike and great views, highly recommend!
Brooke
January 2021
Thank you for a magical evening, Simone! Buttercup and Cotton Candy were great hiking partners (and troopers with the heat). I’m spreading the word about this must-do experience!
Ryan
January 2021
We had such a lovely time with Simone, Summer and of course Butters & Cotton Candy. My kids (6 and 8) had a great time, and it was the perfect COVID safe activity to brighten my wife’s birthday.
Dr. Peter
December 2020
This was a fantastic experience, and we were truly excited and inspired by our interactions with Simone and her animals. Simone is a terrific guide and so knowledgeable. Her daughter also came along and was a true gem. The area where we "grazed" was also amazing and we learned so much, as well as took in all the beautiful scenery. This experience is well worth it!!
This was a fantastic experience, and we were truly excited and inspired by our interactions with Simone and her animals. Simone is a terrific guide and so knowledgeable. Her daug…

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Please note that outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests of all ages can attend.

What to bring

Sunscreen (ideally biodegradable, mineral based since our goats are sensitive to chemical smells and might not want to take treats from the guests if their hands have a strong odor)

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