After lunch, a lot of folks stopped to chat as we made out way northwest out of Goldthwaite. The terrain became hilly, but very pretty, with a lot of live oak dotting the pastures. I had my sights set on a roadside park for the night. Just before we got there, I stopped and talked to a lady who said it was closed, but that I could stay just up the road, at their ranch.
So, tonight we’re camped at the Smith Ranch in Mullen. It’s a very scenic location, with a sweeping vista, which includes a lake and thousands of acres of rangeland. John Smith and his wife have been fantastic, and ensured that the horses and I are comfortable. The Smith’s have been livestock dealers for years, and have quite an assortment right here on the ranch. Cattle, donkeys, llamas, goats, sheep and geese dot the landscape.
Mills County is the ‘Meat Goat Capital of America’, and nearly every pasture has a flock of goats in it. With goats currently selling for about $2/pound on the hoof, it’s a good thing for local ranchers.