Wordful Wednesday & Hol.Ee.Cow: I’ll never be the same again…..

And perhaps neither will you.

Today’s Wordful Wednesday wasn’t very nice of me, was it?

Wordful Wednesday is like Wordless Wednesday, only WITH words. It’s for those of us that can’t contain the chatter, but in a good way. More info. in my tabber box titled WW on the right.

I don’t know why, but I felt compelled to share with you one aspect of my vacation that will NEVER be forgotten.  It’s that thing that will forever trigger my memory of this particular camping trip.  It’s my,  “remember that camping trip when there was a dead cow behind our camp site?”, and we’ll all nod in confirmation.  And groan.

Because it kind of changed me.

For real.

When I happened upon it  I was NOT expecting it.  When I smelled it, well, let’s not go there.

Luckily, the wind took pity on us and didn’t blow the stench in our direction until the last morning of our adventure, and we didn’t spend our time in camp anyway.  Unfortunately, every time we took 4-wheeler rides on the trails behind our camp site, we had to pass the bloated, fly infested, putrid smelling cow.

It wasn’t pretty.  Nor were the other 3 dead cows just up the way.

In case you are wondering, my dad, my grandpa and myself made the supposition that the cows probably ate something poisonous like larkspur and kicked the bucket.  Then  they were probably dragged by horse back behind the camp by cow hands.

You know,  so that they could decompose out of the way.

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Angie is a CRAFT dabbling, recipe making, WORD loving, sunshine hording, book DEVOURING, Mama to a lot! She's kind of in love with Instagram right now, so if you want her attention, go find here there. {smiling}


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    Twitter: twoofakind

    oh my! That is horrible

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    Twitter: buckeroomama

    Eww! You had that behind your camp site for 4 days?

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    LifeAtTheCircus says

    oh my!!! that is incredible! I am sure you’ll never forget that!

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    Twitter: aprilmom00

    thats so gross

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    life with kaishon says

    Angie! I am speechless! Ewwwwwwww.

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    Rachel -- Following In My Shoes
    Twitter: Rachel_L

    LOL — as farm-girl in my former life, I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve seen a bloated dead cow.

    Doesn’t mean I want one behind my campsite, though.

    You poor things!

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    Corey~livingandloving says

    oh how sad! 🙁

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    Ugh! 🙁

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    Muthering Heights
    Twitter: MutheringHeight

    Oh YUCK!!!! What did your kids think?

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    Twitter: millermix

    Oh my jeebus. That is crazy. I would’ve taken it as an omen and gone right back home.

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    Our Nifty Notebook says

    On no! That’s nasty!

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    Twitter: XmasDolly

    Oh my, I feel like I’m watching one of those old cowboy movies! YUK!

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    Twitter: jamericanspice

    I’m glad the wind spared you. That is nasty! yuck! The flies…they pitch everywhere!

    Que Sera Sera

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    LOL ick, totally not what I was expecting.

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    That’s just gross.

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    Twitter: 1momof5

    Oh my goodness! Now that’s a memory that I think I’d pass on… 🙂

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    Twitter: girlgonemom

    Oh goodness. Now I have a nice picture in my mind just before bed.

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    Liz @ Loving Mom 2 Boys
    Twitter: lovingmom2boys

    Oh my word – put that on the list of things I don’t ever want to see in person!! ick!!

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    Honey Mommy says

    SO gross!

    Unfortunately I have seen a bloated cow before… ’cause I grew up on a dairy farm. Not great memories…

    But hey, at least in my tagline today I told my readers you were having a cow today. :o)

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    No dignity in life, and none in death either. Poor cows.

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    Twitter: _MamaJules_

    Oh my! I’m not sure if I want to go to bed now! I could have some ugly nightmares.

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    Allison @ Alli 'n Son
    Twitter: Alli_n_Son

    Ewww, I can totally smell that cow. All the way over here in WI.

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    Twitter: GennyHeikka

    Can’t even imagine! Yikes… !

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    Tutus and Tantrumns says

    Wow! I so didn’t need to see that! 🙂

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    Carcass Camping Trip ……sounds like a new B Horror Flick destined to wreck theaters this fall. Zombie cows and vampire bugs…positively horrifying.
    I only camp against my will 🙂
    Lovely Disgusting pic!

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    veronica lee says

    OMG! That was nasty!!

    Happy WW!

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    Twitter: mommyofamonster

    I cannot, and do not, even want to imagine the smell! I’ve never been around anything that big that was dead. I know what a little dead mouse smells like, so I can only imagine what that cow smelled like!

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    That’s not a pretty picture, indeed, but it does not gross me out. In fact, I think it’s a healthy dose of realism that is great for children, too, to see and learn from. Death is a natural part of the life cycle and in my opinion Western culture goes overboard trying to sterilize and deny it. Now that’s wordful… ooops. What I’d like to know is HOW did this change you, Angie?

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    Faythe@Grammymousetails says

    If they had that many, don’t you think they would call some org that maybe needed meat for wild animals? unless it wasn’t safe, but then what does the smelly cow do to the ground… and how nice for the camp grounds… ughh
    You sure someone wasn’t cow-tipping???

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    Twitter: ErinsMiracles

    I think I puked in my mouth a little!
    Good thing you didn’t smell it!!

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    Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation
    Twitter: RachelVoorhees

    YUCK. I could have done without seeing that. Thank goodness I didn’t have to smell it!

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    Twitter: annmarice

    that is so sad 🙁

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    Paula Kiger
    Twitter: biggreenpen

    And here I was feeling guilty about my WW showing my filthy legs and dirty running shoes (and some questionably suggestive words). YOU WIN.

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    Oh ewww!! Poor cows.

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    That is horrible. 🙁

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    Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting
    Twitter: crazyadventures

    Um. Ew. {wretch}

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    Twitter: projectalicia

    Um yeah, I may never recover. Haha. Maybe paybacks for all the gross critters though? Happy WW!

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    …and i had to check your blog just before lunchtime…grrrrrrrreat!

    ~ash’s mum

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    Twitter: rudyrukus

    Didn’t know you were camping in my back yard tee hee! Gotta love Utah mountains in the summer. Dead cows everywhere. Not to mention the small deer that got plowed over on my street in the CITY mind you!!

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    Emilie @ Oh My Sugar High says

    The only good about this is that it makes for a interesting story! Yuck!

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    Eww, Does make for an interesting Wordful Wednesday story though

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    holy-crap-a-moly!! that is wrong is so many ways!! that must have smelled like a bitch! great pic!! 🙂

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    Twitter: iambrimful

    That is an awful sight!

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    Twitter: debi9kids

    OMGOSH! How horrific! Ewwwwwww… that had to have smelled God-awful!

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    Twitter: FamilyTrifecta

    oooh disgusting. i had to hold back the loud gagging noises so that i didn’t disturb my husband.

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    OMG, that is disgusting! I don’t think I will ever be the same again LOL! ewwwww!!!!

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    Pamela M. Kramer
    Twitter: pamelamkramer

    That really is yuck!

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    Deb - Mom of 3 Girls
    Twitter: debmomof3

    Oh my goodness – I guess it does make for an interesting story though!

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    Twitter: MTDLBlog

    Aww…..man…..totally a sad sight…..this kind of stuff makes me weepy….poor Bessy

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      Twitter: MTDLBlog

      PS: I’m not sure why, but my WW post is not showing as my last post even though it is my most recent…it always seems to do this when I comment right after I’ve written my WW post. What am I missing?

  50. 51

    Totally disgusting….but OH SO FUNNY!

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    dysfunctional mom says

    I was thinking Cow Serial Killer………..

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    Twitter: SeriousKrystyn

    Ewww..that definitely would have made camping interesting. And, what a fun lesson for the kids.

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    Twitter: aventinehill

    Oh yuck, yuck YUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And a true blogger…complete with a pic, lol.

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    Kathleen@so much to say, so little time says

    One word only:


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    Kerry Ellington says

    OMG Eww, yuck and wow!! Interesting picture and post. Poor cows 🙁

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    Jenn @ Beautiful Calling says

    Oh, my! Though I bet it made for interesting discussions 🙂

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    Barbara Manatee says

    ewww! I can’t imagine camping all week right next to that. We had a dead deer in our front yard earlier this summer (it got hit by a car and thrown into our yard) and that was bad enough. I kept fearing the kids would see it before it got removed. Unfortunately, the road commission never came out to remove it so my husband had to do the nasty job himself and drag it out to the woods and bury it. I don’t know HOW he did it, but I’m glad he did.

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    Twitter: sellabitmum

    Oh wow – that is disgusting. Poor cows! 🙁

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    scrappysue says

    errrrrrrrrrrrrrr – thanks?!!!!!

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    Twitter: thelucaszoo

    Oh my. I guess that I didn’t know what they did with dead cows. It breaks my heart to see deer bloated and dead or a dead dog. Wow.

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    Melanie @ Whimsical Creations
    Twitter: melaniescrafts


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    dumb mom
    Twitter: thenagainphoto

    Thank you for that, Angie. I now have to rebrush my teeth because I threw up a little in my mouth. Thank you for that. It’s why I love you. I lie. Not really. I love you for many other reasons, none of which involve stinking dead animal carcasses thankfully.

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    Lauren @ Hobo Mama
    Twitter: Hobo_Mama

    How bizarre that they just leave them there like that! Maybe as a warning to other cows…

    Feel free to come by and link up at Hobo Mama!

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    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner says

    Ummm, gross????

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What’s For Dinner

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    cat@juggling act says

    Ughh! No, just disgusting.

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    Yuck! Poor cows!

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    Liz @ Peace, Love & Guacamole
    Twitter: peaceloveguac

    oh. my. god. I’m really wigged out.

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    Ew, that is just gross but its also just nature. A unpleasant part of nature but nature none the less.

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    Twitter: mellisarock

    How gross to have to see that every time you did something fun like four wheeling.

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    Twitter: tiarastantrums

    awww . . . that stinks!

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    blueviolet says

    That is just so disgusting!

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    Susie's Homemade says


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    Twitter: adventuroo

    Oh man that’s gross! I’m sure the smell was worse than the sight!

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    Jenna @ Newlyweds says

    Whoa, wasn’t expecting that. And to be honest I have family that raises cows, and when they die unexpectedly they are take care of the remains, usually by burning. Otherwise it will take a long long time to decompose and will attract scavengers. I think they must have gotten into something also, because it’s unusual for some many to die at the same time.

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    Twitter: SueC

    Oh my. I don’t know if I would have stayed there! That is awful.

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    okay, so just with a glance….totally thought it was a dog rolling in a puddle….or maybe it was wishful thinking or optimistic thinking??

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    Wow. That’s really nasty.

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    Dana @ Bungalow'56
    Twitter: bungalow_56

    Where did you find the picture? This isn’t from your camping trip is it? I sure hope not?

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    Let me just say….Ewwww! I was not expecting to see that on WW.

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    Yuck. Isn’t there a better way to dispose of these poor animals. And the smell, ick,ick,ick. Just thinking of it makes me nausous.
    I would love to share my Wordful Wednesday post with you.

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    Oh ewwww! I cannot imagine having to smell that!

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    S Club Mama
    Twitter: sclubmama


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    Now that is a true wilderness experience!


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    Ugh. Well, I’m sure the kids were impressed 😉

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    Everyday Kathy
    Twitter: EverydayKathy

    Yep this image WILL be with me for a while. Might be time to start my vegan ways….

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    Twitter: MrsMeganC

    OhMyGosh! That’s so sad! =(

    I can see why it’d make for a “memorable” vacation though! And I promise you, my MIL would’ve taken a picture too!

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    Cascia @ Healthy Moms
    Twitter: cltalbert

    I just can’t imagine how awful that stench must have been from those dead cows. I wonder what happened to them.

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    Twitter: almostcrunchy

    That’s just horrifying!

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    Twitter: beemii

    Oh my how gross!!!!!!

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    Twitter: thelifeofrylie

    Maybe next time we could get a little warning? 😉 I can’t believe you had that behind your campsite. Gross.

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    Layla Morgan Wilde says

    Yikes, happy WW!

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    only in Utah. lol.
    we have a similar cow story, it starts out, “Remember when that cow was stuck in the cow grate?” and ends w/, “so then it wound up UNDER the cow grate and we had to tie a rope to it and pull it OUT”.
    good times.

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    Yeah, our family has the camping story where our camping “neighbor” almost put the whole campsite aflame! It’s a great story and looking back, is quite funny. But it was NOT at the time (we were pretty scared actually!)

    Sorry ’bout your dead cows…

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    Twitter: lkwhtmomfound

    I get all grossed out when I see dead fish at the campground.

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    jennyleite says

    OMGOODNESS!! That is just awful! My girls would have been traumatized. Thank goodness for the stench blowing in the opposite direction.

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    Angelia Sims
    Twitter: angeliasims

    Okay, uhhhhh – YUK!

    That’s terrible! Poor cows and poor campers!

    Nothing like that for memories. Phew!

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    Twitter: bzmomma

    Oh my! That was behind your camp??? UGH…poor cow(s)…poor y’all!!! Hope you have other, great memories to focus on rather than the dead cows 🙁

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    Twitter: jumpinbeans09

    that is so sad…
    and so disgusting!

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    Oh no! Poor cow & poor you!