The Red Gate

I love driving down beautiful green country roads in the springtime and looking at all of the gates along the road.   I enjoy dreaming and wondering about the lives that live beyond them.

Gee, what do you think is going on behind that gate?  They certainly don’t want anyone to know, now do they!

Unfortunately, it’s just one of the many “we-have-marijuana-plants-but-don’t-want-you-(or the code inspector)-to-know” type gates we see in our area.  Sheesh!  Only in California.

One of the first tasks we completed when we bought our property years ago was to install a gate.  Our eldest son, Stephen, took a day out of his busy schedule to help us. We bought the gate at Tractor Supply and it has served us well since then.

Ray and Stephen installing our gate more than 11 years ago.  Boy has that area changed since then!

But now we are in the process of building our new home, and needed to expand the width of our gate, otherwise a cement truck would have some trouble squeezing through. And we are going to need lots and lots of cement trucks!

This wildfire was coming up and over the ridge next to us… a bit close for comfort!                    “There but by the grace of God, go I”

We also needed to make sure a fire truck and/or other emergency vehicles could get through. We have had three wildfires very close to us this year, and had to evacuate once, so we want to make it actually INVITING for fire trucks and emergency personnel to get into our property!

Several years ago, my sister Deana gave us a few small “garden type” gates, which are actually meant to be used with a chain link fence.  But, when you have limited supplies and don’t want to spend money, you “make do”!  So, my dear hubbs and I decided to use that as a temporary fix to widen the entrance to our property.

Now our gate opening is about 14 feet wide. Look at the difference in the size of the trees from the picture above when we first put in the gate!  It doesn’t even look like the same place, but it is!

Once our new house is done, we plan to replace the gate with a prettier gate and install a solar automatic gate opener.  I found these gates below on and really like the first one.  I’m not a real “frufru” type of girl, but a little bit more design than our current gate would be nice.

Since we installed that first gate more than 10 years ago, it was starting to lose some paint where we chained it to the post, and I thought that since we were widening the gate, we would update the whole kit and kaboodle.

I decided to paint both of these gates bright red – or as the paint can says – Satin Apple Red.  Why?  Because living in a forest, it isn’t always easy to see street signs, much less house numbers  So, we have to explain our property whereabouts to visitors as “turn down the lane where you see the first brown gate”.  Unfortunately, in the afternoon, our gate is in the shade, so sometimes it isn’t easy to see the gate, especially since it’s brown!  And our neighbor down the road also has a brown gate. And the neighbor below him!

So after clearing some brush and lower tree limbs, I painted both gates Rustoleum Satin Apple Red.

Doesn’t this look better?

Now, I can tell everyone that we are at the only red gate on our country road, and they can’t miss it.  At least I hope they don’t!!

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15 thoughts on “The Red Gate

    • Yes, good directions are a MUST around here… I wouldn’t want anyone to end up going to one of the local marijuana “farms” by mistake! 😉 Thanks for stopping by today!

    • That’s exactly why I painted it! I also have always had a “thing” for red, though I haven’t been brave enough to have red in my home, so I use it as accents outside. Clever, Huh? Happy Autumn, Debbie!

    • Thank you, Maridy! Though I don’t know exactly where you are, I do know that you live out in the boondocks, like us, and giving directions isn’t always straightforward. For us, one of our biggest challenges is that we live among idiots who believe that street signs belong on living room walls as decoration! Finding the road that leads to OUR road, right now, is a crap shoot, so we have to rely on landmarks and distance (5.7 miles from the church on the left of the lake), for anyone to just find the road that leads to our road, where the red gate is. Have a wonderful weekend!

  1. Love the red gate. I have dreams of painting our front door red… someday. Question tho, red is hard to see in the dark…. when emergencies often happen, so what kind of lighting do you put by that gate so that people can find you in the dark. I have heard some places are painting fire trucks yellow because they are easier to see barrelling down the highway at night.

    • You are right…the red is hard to see at night. But the gate is also 30 feet off the road, which was a county requirement. So, it probably wouldn’t be seen at night whatever color it is! Once we have a chance to get our permanent gate up, we will be using solar lights, so that should help. It’s nice to hear from you again Lisa. Come back again soon!

    • Thank you, Christie! It really turned out to be a pretty color. I appreciate that you stopped by to read my blog today, come back soon!

  2. Hi Vickie! I have been reading each and every post, I just haven’t been able to comment. Device issues that are now solved so on with the story my dear! I am so happy you are beginning to build, sad for your shaded garden and in love with your red gate. I have been worried about you and those fires. I’m grateful you and Ray are safe while at the same time very sad for the loss of life and property your “neighbors” have experienced. The stories are heart breaking. All are in my prayers. Things have been busy here, too! A new son-in-law for one daughter and another granddaughter from another daughter. Our cups are full! Stay safe and happy building, friend.

    • Oh, Sharon…I missed talking with you! You have always been so encouraging and thoughtful with your comments and I have cherished each one. Thank You! Congrats on the new granddaughter and son-in-law! Our cups are, indeed, full! Hugs