The "Grand Loop" at Potters continues to develop. We've almost finished the first section on the south end of the property and are now laying out the northern section. The difficulty was finding a way up to the ridge that didn't involve substantial hiking. We stumbled upon another older cow path that has been out of use for some time. It should be easily climbable by a rider of average fitness. Once on the ridge, the trail will follow the contour of the land and drop in and out many "finger canyons". We expect this section of trail to add another 5-6 miles to the perimeter loop.
Signage has always been a problem at the pasture. The trails are numerous, plus the critters and elements are always a factor. Wooden signs always get knocked down when cows rub against them. In short, it has been almost impossible to maintain adequate signage. We brainstormed a number of different options and then it hit us - cow ear tags on metal posts! (thanks to Paul and Larry for the idea) If we cut the posts off at about 4' in height, they will be too low for the cows to scratch on them. If we used a new numbering and color system identified by ear tags attached to the posts, they will be durable and will easily correspond to a map and difficulty level.