Ortega Hwy, an afternoon
by Lady Di Wanderlust @Di by the Sea
We stopped at some of the lookouts along the way. The last lookout just before a downward curve to Lake Elsinor you will find a small parking lot with a view of the lake and the city below. Here you can find paragliders and people playing with their drones. There's a little roadhouse diner here where you can enjoy a snack and a drink. It's was really unbelievable how dried up the lake was from our California drought. We decided to turn back around and start to head back home (instead of continuing down towards the town (having done this dozens of times in the past). As we drove back we stopped off at a place called Hells Kitchen,1 of a few biker stops along the highway.
The menu is basically all american options with beer and cocktails to choose from. We went with healthy burgers, I had veggie with no bun with a side of sweet potato fries and my husband had a black bean burger with bun and regular steak fries. The service was really great, the owners, staff and servers were super friendly and the patrons the same !
The condiment bar is in an automated coffin ! Filled with everything you could ever need from peppers and pickles to staple condiments and unique ones like sirachamayo and asian chili sauce ! See my video below.
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On the way further down the canyon we stopped at another lookout were there was a small gathering of people as we exited our car they were telling us to look at people in the far off distance... sure enough we could see clothing and then what appeared to be a tight rope wire being hung across a stretch of boulders. After a few minutes we realized it was a small group of individuals with not 1 but 2 ropes stretched across an opening in the mountain side and after a few minutes I saw another guy climbing a rather large boulder ! Here's a video of it. What a surprise to come across !
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