Escaping Town: Road House Lookout @ Lake Elsinore

A few weekends ago, Annelie and I went up to San Clemente - the second time for me. 

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I was also invited over to her Indian friends’ house. They are very lovely and welcoming. After only a couple hours of sleep the night before (because, you know, I lived a little the night before), I grabbed my weekend bag and off we were. (I might or might not have taken a nap in the car.) 

We arrived in the late morning and settled into their home. 

We hung out for a little while and it surprises me every time how at home and welcomed I feel at their place. They don’t treat me like a guest, I am more like a family member. ‘Help yourself and make yourself comfortable’ - how can I possibly not feel at ease? 

We opted for a late lunch and Annelie and I were taken to a more or less secret place up at Lake Elsinore. 

We left the city behind and drove on windy roads (halleluja, my poor stomach was in a real pain). 

Regardless of that, the surrounding changed; from residential areas and freeways to mountains, hills and generally a more natural landscape. 

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I survived the ride up! 

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´` This was one of the moments again when a rush of happy hormones was getting a good grip on my emotions. Oh, Southern California! You bring out the best in me people. 

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A few snaps later and we were ready for some food. 

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I don’t know about you but looking at those pictures once again, I get a real country feel. I want to turn on some country, put on my boots, hop in the truck, roll down the windows and drive right into the mountains - to a cozy cabin. 

Yip, just about that. 

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The Roadhouse is an utterly cute, quaint place!

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We found ourselves a table and started placing our orders. 

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The view from up there is wonderful. 

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After lunch, we stopped at a candy store well known around there. 

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And there is some serious wildlife going on. MOUNTAIN LIONS? Obviously real here. 

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The place was full of sugary goodness. My Kids’ dream place.

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Let’s not forget the touch of pride and patriotism you find everywhere. 

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We ended up buying a whole lot of fudge and headed home as quickly as possible - to dive right in. The mint-chocolate one was my favorite!

The rest of the day was pretty low-key, just relaxing at home and drinking a good amount of tasty home made chai masala while watching the sun set over the Pacific (they have a great view from their living room, let me tell you).