Along Highway 22 as you head south, there is magnificent scenery to be taken in. The rolling hills - with the Rockies looming in the western background - is a very popular motoring route. One question that may run through your mind, though, is "Who lives here?"
Well, just a little south of the spot where Hwy 22 crosses over the Old Man River, is a turnoff for Willow Valley Rd. Worth the little extra time it adds to the trip, this drive affords the viewer a taste of life in the area. The turn for Willow Valley Rd. takes you into the countryside just west of the major highway, and into the more inhabited areas of this district.
An eclectic mix of housing styles can be found along this drive, from log cabin to neo-modern. At the junction of Willow Valley Road and Rock Chapel Road, sits an old school house with a sign on it that says, "Willow Valley School Dist. No. 3200."
Complete with a two-section outhouse (one side for the boys and one side for the girls) and an old swing set in the back which was probably well-used during recesses, this school house appears to still get use as a local meeting hall. It is here that you will want to turn left onto Chapel Rock Road.
Following Chapel Rock Road and then turning right onto North Burmis Road and continuing to head south, you will follow the valleys right alongside the mountains down to Highway 3.