By Patty Wilber
Memorial Day weekend in the Pecos is definitely one of the weekends I look forward to. One year we started out in sun and ended up in a lot of wet stuff. On that trip, the dead fall was very intense–over 60 trees down from the top of round mountain to Beatty’s cabin.
This year was dry and also fairly warm, and while we did not ride Trail 25 to Beatty’s, dead fall seemed less than I would have expected…
We got the biggest pen and Derek and Heidi helped me make some minor repairs so that it was safe and secure. In some past years, the grass has been knee high and every morning would be soaked with dew. Our dry years seem to have nipped that in the bud, as it were. But on the plus side, the lack of lush grass virtually eliminated any worry about grass founder.
On Friday, the group (me, Jim, Mary Ann E., Patty S., Bill, Derek, Heidi and Connie) took a fun ride on Cave creek, except there were a few trees we felt obligated to clear.
On Saturday, we did our actual project. We rode Windsor Ridge to Skyline trail (about seven miles one way). We cleared about 25 trees, several pretty large. We had eight riders in the 55+ category and Heidi and Ashtyn in the U13. Ashtyn came with her grandpa and Heidi got to ride Lucy for me as her Dad’s horse ended up with a weird puncture wound that needed vet care, so they went home. The puncture was so deep the bone was chipped (they found out later). We searched her pen, but could not figure out what she had hit.