The Emperor goats have been living in the Sautee Nacoochee Valley for more than 500 years. Their ancestors were brought to America in 1493 by Christopher Columbus, who quickly adapted to the new environment as there were plenty of pastures to frolic in and forests to roam. Because they produced such high quality furs and milk, the humans made a deal with the Emperors that as long as the goats supplied milk and fiber to make clothing the herd would always be well taken care of. The humans made luxurious cloths and tasty gourmet cheeses which they traded for other goods making the local town boom.
This agreement worked out well for quite a while. Every morning the goats would march across the bridge over the Chattahoochee River and into the human village. One day just as the goats were heading to work a horrendous storm came along, forcing the goats to stay indoors out of the rain for days. (Goats are terribly afraid of water and avoid it at all costs.) When the sky finally cleared up the goats trekked into work like any other day. However, when they got to the river they found that the bridge had almost completely washed away! There was no other way into the town and there was not enough material to reconstruct the bridge.
The emperor goats thought they were going to have to leave as there was just no way to get around the river, until Nomad spoke up. Nomad was a little different than the other young bucklings as he preferred to spend his days walking through the woods, left alone to ponder his thoughts. When Nomad suggested building a “zipline” (which no one had ever heard of) all the other Emperor goats laughed. Nomad explained the leftover bridge materials would be enough to build a small platform on both sides of the river and a basket to glide along the leftover rope. The elders of the herd agreed to give it a try and the very first zipline was built!
Construction went on for several days. Once finished, Nomad was the inaugural zipper and all the other goats cheered as they could return to the humans in the village. The zipline became their main mode of travel to and from work. Eventually the humans took the idea and built their own ziplines, which are still in use today but predominantly for entertainment only. The Emperor goats can still be found zipping from tree to tree and have been considered quite the adventure goats because of it.
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