Ocean Park woman fulfills 
unusual ‘bucket list’ item

Leah Gonder poses with two new friends at an Ashland guest farm.

OCEAN PARK — Some have a “bucket list” of items to achieve before we pass to the great beyond. For some, this might involve skydiving, a trip to Rome or some other far away place, winning the Lotto or riding a bull.

But long-time Ocean Park resident Leah Gonder, who grew up as a city girl in Los Angeles, had a different dream. She always wanted to live on a farm and milk a goat. Milk a goat!

Yes, this super volunteer at both the Ocean Park Food Bank and Peninsula Moose Lodge was determined to fulfill her dream. Her husband of nine years, Richard, looked for a place to help Leah reach her goal. He scoured the Internet for something that would fit the bill. Milking a local goat was never in the cards, so Richard, the loving husband that he is, found a perfect classy solution for her birthday.

Willow-Witt Ranch in the Oregon high-country out of Ashland seemed to be the answer. On the 460-acre farm you can rise with the sun and experience the daily rhythms of caring for the animals. Guests are welcome to join the owners for animal feeding, milking and other projects at the farm.

Leah was bubbling with joy of their three-day experience.

“We met pack goats, milk goats, baby kids, horses, pigs, ducks and pastured poultry,” she said. “I was just amazing, and as I had always hoped it would be.”

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