A couple of weeks ago I decided to take the long way home on a Friday and go for a drive through the wilderness.
Many people do not realize that the sprawling Bay Area of California has many wilderness areas.
It only takes a few minutes to go from sprawl to wilderness where you are driving along narrow curvy roads.
Here the road has not narrowed too much, but you still have to be careful of cars coming from the other direction. Luckily, there was very little traffic. In my drive through the wilderness area I saw less then 20 vehicles.
Del Puerto Canyon Road goes through the hills to Patterson which is in the Central Valley about 20 miles away.
On Del Puerto Canyon Road you see many cattle guards. This means that you are entering a free range area and that you have to be careful and watch out for cattle while you are driving.
The sun was dropping low in the west, so there were many areas where the road would be in shadow. I had to be real careful going through the curves as I would go from shade to sunlight and have limited visibility.
This picture is a perfect example of the curves along the route. There were very few areas where you would go straight for more than a few hundred meters.
As I got closer to the Central Valley and into the Patterson Hills, the landscape changed. The hills had a lot less trees on them and they had a nice golden color.
You also started to see more signs of civilization like these ranch buildings and corrals.
The drive from Livermore down to Patterson took almost 2 hours and for most of journey I didn’t have any cell coverage.
Luckily I knew where I was going and didn’t need to access a map. I didn’t have a print map with me :-).
I remember when I always had a map with me in the car. Something we don’t think about today when we live in an urban area.
Do you enjoy driving through remote areas?