We drive through open range country on the way home, and this time of year, I am very aware of why there's a cattle guard at the top of Ross Creek Canyon.
Red Rock Road is a windy road. However you want to pronounce windy - it's both. Every year someone hits and kills a cow. How'd you like to come around a bend see this bossy in the middle of the road.
From the cattle guard on, the turns are sharper and there's also a drop off. Don't want to meet no stinkin' cattle here. People drive off the road and kill themselves without the help of bovines.
The creek is dammed into three ponds at the bottom. You really don't want to drive off the road into one them, but that's happened too. The ponds attract all kinds of fowl, including white pelicans. That vista is the eastern part of Red Rock Valley. I never tire of coming around the bend and seeing it. I fell in love with this view the first time I came out seven years ago and I love it still.
This is the beginning of my drive on Red Rock Road, after leaving the freeway. The mountain in the back-
ground is Peterson Mountain and it's what we see from our living room window.
After driving for twenty miles, this is my dirt road. Peterson Mountain is on the left, the Sierras are straight ahead and Porcupine Mountain in the right - we live on the west face of it. Thanks for riding along.
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