Quick Tour of Penn Valley,
Tour taken Sunday, February 26, 2012, Posted March 7, 2012
|Sunday drives are becoming a larger
part of our octogenarian lives. On this day we finally decided to drive
off into the roads of Penn Valley, our nominal home town. Lake Wildwood
is part of the Penn Valley region but we have become separated because
LWW is a gated community. The northern edge of Penn Valley township is about two
miles south on Pleasant Valley road from our main gate.
The more densely populated part of Penn Valley
is in a triangle formed by Penn Valley Drive on the north , Indian
Springs Road on the west, and Spenceville Road on the east, as seen in
the map below. Pleasant Valley Road to Lake Wildwood and
points north intersects Hwy 20 and Penn Valley Drive near the upper left
corner of the triangle. It has no label because I cut off the map tight
to the triangle.
We've lived in LWW for 18 years, yet never drove
into the interior of the Penn Valley triangle. Today we did, on Easy
Street then Hilltop Road and the Siesta Drive loop, and then Norton
Street to its southern end and back out and around Lasso Loop, and
finally up and back Broken Oak Court to see this new community (about 10
Valley Township Triangle
|We toured a bit outside the triangle but mostly
spent the rest of our Sunday drive heading south into horse and
livestock country. The map below extends south from the southern
tip of the triangle in the map above. We drove down Spenceville
Road past the Pilot Peak Vineyard and Winery and on to the intersection
with Oak Meadow Road, where there is a fairly big sign that lists
residents to be found out this road and its offshoots. We drove
quite a way down Bald Mountain Road and then returned to continue on Oak
Meadow Road. We drove a good way along this road, too, and were
rewarded by well-kept ranches and rolling oak-tree-dotted hills.
It was a pleasant, heart warming drive.
The roads were smoothly paved (with speed bumps
here and there) but winding with blind spots and just wide enough for
two-way traffic, so there weren't many places to stop and take
pictures. Now that I know there is very little traffic on these
roads I think I'll return and pull over to the side as much as I can to
let any cars go by. As we returned back along our outgoing tracks
on Oak Meadow Road I did find a spot wide enough to park for pictures,
but not of the more interesting scenes we saw.
horse-and-livestock-country roads south of Penn Valley Township
pictures show mainly the wide open spaces between ranches, dotted with
picture and the next were taken by simply turning 90 degrees to the right
and using fences to convey the ranch feeling of the entire area.
above, but lined up with the fence on the right.
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