By Patty Wilber
Last Friday, I went to Oak Flats with Linda and her ex-racehorse, Star.
Linda and I had a fine time galloping around. LT is the best for that–ready to go but super easy to slow down, as well. She is 10 now and is aging well!! Star, being an ex-racehorse, also enjoys getting a move on!
The trails there are well marked and Linda has a nice map. I have a really old map, which I did not bring, but next time I will to compare the old map to the new one. I also might buy one of the new ones The Trails of Cedro Peak & Otero Canyon ($7 maybe) at the Sandia Ranger Station, in Tijeras.
Oak Flats is being thinned with a masticator to reduce fire danger and allow increased habitat diversity. We saw the very large and noisy masticator. We could not get close enough, safely, to see the actual operation, but we saw the aftermath! The horses were unfazed, which was nice.
I think I would like being a masticator operator! I love weed whacking and mowing and chain sawing, so this is like combining all three of those into one giant machine. There are smaller ones….Tractor attachment! LOL.
The video below shows a different type of masticator than the one being in the Oak Flats area, but same idea!
Next week: The Masked Trail Crew!