We were planning our scout year last night, and our pack has planned an overnight trip out of town in early November. It is one of those 'once in a kids' lifetime' kind of trips. (overnight on a Navy ship - i did it once before with my oldest son, and now it's the younger one's turn, and he is REALLY excited) I am not sure if the babies will still be nursing then, I was going to start the nighttime separation in another week, and milk Mink and Chara in the morning only. However I am still milking Bailey twice a day (since she lost her baby) My problem is that I don't have anyone else that can milk for me. (i might be able to convince DH to do it, but he has never done it before, he doesn't really even handle the goats, so i don't know if he would even consider it) I can milk Bailey before we leave Saturday night, and I will be home Sunday night, so I will be missing one milking. I am not too worried that she will dry up, i can just milk her a bit extra for a few days, and i am sure it will be fine, but I am more concerned that she will be in pain. And as i said, i don't know if the babies will still be nursing on the other two, or even if they will all still be here - i do have to rehome the boys at some point, so i may have to have Mink and Chara milked too. (and they are alot more difficult than Bailey, plus their teats are really small - i am almost thinking Bailey's have gotten longer from being milked by hand b/c i thought hers were smaller to begin with - is that possible?) So how bad is this? What do other people do when they go out of town?