On this adventure I hiked out to an old farm silo in Hálpata Tastanaki Preserve. Initially that was the plan although on the way there I also came across an abandoned fish hatchery as well. I found some paperwork inside from 1991 indicating that they raised Triploid Grass Carp there. That particular carp was genetically altered so it could not reproduce. It is an asian exotic imported because it eats aquatic plants. They are released to control aquatic plants in lakes and rivers. There were a few smaller rooms inside and then a large area in the back for the hatchery.
After exploring around at the hatchery I continued on towards the silo. I remember seeing it towering above the trees on the side of a forest road that I was walking on. I had to find a way back there but most of the surrounding area is overgrown so I bushwhacked my way back to it. As I approached the silo I passed by an old cattle feeder, this area may have been part of a farm or ranch at one time. The silo had panels missing at the bottom so I was able to go inside and check it out. That was a really neat experience! You could still see the shaft with a ladder inside that takes you to the top but I didn’t attempt to climb it as it isn’t very safe to do so. I spent a good amount of time out here imagining what it must have been like when it was in it’s prime. I can’t say for sure but I think the silo could be dated somewhere between 1920’s-1950’s.
After leaving the silo area I decided to head back towards the trailhead. That is when I found another interesting area, possibly an old cattle processing site that was part of a ranch. I could see fence post piled up and even some bricks and concrete blocks around the site. I also saw a cattle ramp and a piece of farm old farm equipment nearby.