Escaping Town: Road House Lookout @ Lake Elsinore
A few weekends ago, Annelie and I went up to San Clemente - the second time for me.
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.
I survived the ride up!
´` 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.
A few snaps later and we were ready for some food.
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.
The Roadhouse is an utterly cute, quaint place!
We found ourselves a table and started placing our orders.
The view from up there is wonderful.
After lunch, we stopped at a candy store well known around there.
And there is some serious wildlife going on. MOUNTAIN LIONS? Obviously real here.
The place was full of sugary goodness. My Kids’ dream place.
Let’s not forget the touch of pride and patriotism you find everywhere.
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).