While Brubaker & Holman were wheeling across the Southwest last month, Big Gouda McColloch was away on his own backcountry trek---halfway around the world, at an off-road excursion in Morocco. He relates an unusual trail sighting here:
When I arrived in Morocco, I was instructed by the locals to be on the lookout for "tree climbing goats" in the countryside. Naturally, I thought this was some make-believe critter---a tall tale for gullible tourists, like the fabled Western jackalope that you've seen on postcards but never in the wild.
But the very next day, on a rocky trail in the Mogador region, our party came upon a herd of . . . yep, tree-climbing goats, grazing amid the branches of an Argan tree. The Argan, a hardwood tree that's indigenous to western Morocco, grows up to 30 feet in height and sprouts an edible berry that the goats love, and since Argans don't grow straight-up vertically, the goats have learned how to hop onto the branches to get to the berries. Keep in mind, the goats have not developed opposable thumbs or prehensile tails, so they do lose their balance at times, and they'll fall out of the tree. And no, they don't land "feet first" like cats do. I saw a couple of them take a 10-foot tumble and hit the ground hard with a thump and a grunt. After which they got right back up and started climbing the tree again. The berries must be like cocaine for them.
Whatever, this is genuinely one of the wackiest things I've ever seen while four wheeling. Which begs the question: What's the craziest thing that you've ever seen on the trail? And please, keep it clean---there might be kids on this blog. (Pun intended.)