We had heard that maybe the owners of the cabin rental would be able to round up a waterslide to set up at the park for later that day. Sure enough, town Alton came through and much fun was had slipping and sliding down the hill at the park, only a short walk from the town hall.
|James wasn't afraid to get wet and dirty!|
|The fire still blazed on the mountainside, so all day long we saw bomber planes going back and forth carrying flame-fighting chemicals to drop on the fire.|
|My kids had so much fun!|
|And others of us enjoyed chatting in the shade and watching the sliders.|
After the afternoon of slip-n-sliding, evening approached and some local people had brought over some horses to let us ride. We all took turns riding, and the horses were well behaved... and hungry apparently. Most of the time if we were walking the horses around, they wanted to stop to put their head to the grass and chow down.
After dinner, we were summoned to a nearby barn, for a milking demonstration. We got to see firsthand how they "vacuum" the milk out of the cow, then strain it, clean the machine, and then let the baby cow nurse. The cow belonged to the Mayor of Alton and he was so nice to answer all our questions, and let us feel what the cow feels by putting our fingers in the milking "vacuum," and even give us all a sip of the warm milk. It was my first tasting of fresh cow's milk and after I took a sip I said, "Wow! All you need is a dash of nutmeg and you've got yourself egg nog!" It really was that sweet and rich.
|We're sticking our fingers into the milking machine.|
|Amara was apprehensive at first (she is still a little afraid of the vacuum), but she was brave and put her thumb in the machine.|
|Pouring the fresh milk and straining it through cheesecloth. You can see Matthew waiting with a paper cup for a taste of the fresh milk.|
|That calf was nursing like wild!|