Alex Roque

Writer By Night

Wandering Wednesday – Ortega 74

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“The earth has music for those who listen.” ― George Santayana

So this year for our anniversary this year, MH and I made the very tough decision to not travel. It was hard, but we knew it was wise to save some money, and we are already planning our trip next year. 8D

We really like to travel.

Anyways, on one day of our trip we decided to take a drive down the Ortega 74, which is a highway not far from where we live. It drops off into Lake Elsinore, which is a place we never have any normal reason to go to, so it was nice to just decide to go for a drive. Plus MH drives a Z3 convertible, so extra fun. ^^

A good portion of the drive is through the Cleveland National Forest. It was so bizarre to one minute, be driving through a commercial area, and then suddenly feeling like we were in a different state.

It was a gorgeous day!

It was a gorgeous day!

The Cleveland National Forest was created back in 1908 by President Teddy Roosevelt. That blew my mind a little. This section in particular is the Trabuco Ranger District.


I can’t find an explanation for the boulders anywhere! I want to know why they exist only in certain parts of this area, but not in others. So bizarre.


We took a break in Lake Elsinore to have some lunch, and also take some time overlooking the lake.


What I enjoyed most about this trip is that it was pretty much just in our own backyard, and shows that sometimes we just need to get out of the house and start driving! We are actually starting to plan more day trips, because we realized that there is still so much in Southern California that we haven’t seen.


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