One of the many things I love about St. Thomas is the weekends. There’s almost always something to do on campus, and if there’s not, it’s usually a perfect opportunity to either catch up one some homework or, if you’re really lucky, go to a friend’s house for the weekend! I’ve been able to do the latter multiple times during my freshman year and last weekend was no different, except for the location: I visited my first real farm last weekend!
One of my closest buddies, Emily, lives on a farm in western Minnesota, and so last weekend myself, Emily, and another friend named Emma took a 3 hour road trip to Minneota, Minnesota. There were pigs, there were horses, baby goats, regular sized goats, baby pigs, a stray cat, and two dogs! I was in animal heaven! This weekend was one of my absolute favorites because it was just so much fun and such a nice change from the usual routine of school work and dorm rooms (gotta love ‘em!). I’ll list a few of the highlights for you, even though there were too many to count!
I don’t know if anyone out there has ever seen/held/played with a baby goat, but if you ever get the chance to, I highly recommend it. These guys are adorable. There were six baby goats at the time, and, while we were there, a mama goat gave birth to triplets! Being a triplet myself, that was pretty spectacular. The baby goats pretty much acted like little dogs, jumping up on your leg, letting you pet them and pick them up, and, one of my personal favorites, playing King of the Hill on your back when you lay down in the hay. A grand time was had by all and I now have a new baby goat best friend: Jane.
I had never gone four wheeling before and it was probably one of the most epic things ever. There’s nothing like whizzing around on a seriously fast contraption that’s half bike and half car, especially when there’s ditches and branch-dodging involved. Those of you that go four wheeling all the time know what I’m talking about! Next up on the adventure list is snowmobiling!
I am here to tell you that baby pigs are some of the cutest little guys you’re ever going to meet. They’re soft and pink and don’t have hard hooves yet, and they just cuddle right up to you as long as you’re warm and as long as they feel secure. We also got to see “teenage” pigs, who are more interesting in chewing on rubber boots and sweatpants than they are in eating their feed. Then we got to see the mama pigs that, to be honest, are pretty opposite of their adorable babies. They were impressively huge and a little bit scary, but what an experience! I also learned that pigs get spooked by people and noises pretty easily-you should have seen them stampede away when we were in the back of their pen!
From sleeping in to homemade meals to movie nights without the stress of homework, it was a weekend to remember. And to think that some people go back to that adventurous life every time they go home! As an Iowan, I have gained a way better understanding of farms in general and now when I meet a farm kid at St. Thomas, they’ll be greeted with enthusiasm and lots of questions!
In other news, Easter weekend was so great and now I’m back at St. Thomas for three more weeks of regular classes, then finals! It’s so crazy to see how fast my freshman year has gone, and it makes me a little sad but there are such adventures to come! Stay tuned if you want to know what I’m doing this summer-something I’ve never done before! Happy Easter, everyone!