I went for a drive yesterday morning and stopped along the way to take some photos. Another car also stopped behind me at the turnout next to this rocky area. I begin my journey to visit the horse ranch where I board my horses in our local mountains at 200 feet above sea level. The road climbs to over 4,000 feet. This is about 1,000 feet above sea level and it is a very rocky area. You can see a large wash in one photo. At the base of the wash is an area for people to park and hike. HOWEVER, I never hike here alone as mountain lions live in these mountains! From this area, the road runs through pinyon pines and then at the summit there are large pine trees and a nice restaurant to stop and have some breakfast or lunch. I enjoy driving from the desert to the pines. Scenic Sunday for December 14, 2009.