Join us for a drive along the scenic Ortega Highway. We will travel from West to East and include a stop for lunch at Hafey Farms. For a bit of history about the highway click here. Note too that we have invited the Orange County and Riverside County clubs to join us.
|10:00||Meet up at San Juan Capistrano|
|10:45||Drive first leg|
|11:15||Stop at Ortega Oaks Candy Store|
|11:45||Drive to lunch stop|
|Noon||Lunch at Hafey Farms|
|1:30||Drive to Lake Elsinore|
We will meet in the parking lot by Ball Park Pizza (31654 Rancho Viejo Rd, San Juan Capistrano, CA) starting at 10am. Here we can have a chance to mingle and meet other drivers/passengers. We will also try to self-identify the speed demons and slowpokes so we can send out the more aggressive drivers first.
We will start our drive letting the faster cars go first heading east on the Ortega Highway to our first stop - the Ortega Oaks Candy Store. Along the way we will pass the Caspers Wilderness Park. Some adventurous souls might opt to spend the night at a campground and join us in the middle of the drive.
Our first stop will be at the Ortega Oaks Candy Store. It recently came under new ownership by a couple that had been doing catering for the film industry. The aromas coming out of their baking are like heaven. We dare you not to pick up something sweet to munch on later, LOL!!
From there we will drive to our lunch stop. But along the way on the left, we will pass an overlook of the Ortega Falls. Feel free to use the turnout and take a peek. Unfortunately, the falls are dry now.
We will have a group lunch at Hafey Farms. They have pizza and sandwiches, some straight from their smoker. We will take orders at out morning meet-n-greet in San Juan Capistrano to prepare the restaurant for our large group. Hafey's has a large parking lot and we will be eating at tables under trees.
Once done with lunch, we will head to Lake Elsinore. There are great views of the lake and valley as you wind your way down.
We'll end our rally at the Park-n-Ride (Lake Elsinore Market) for a wrap up to say goodbye to new friends. Once there, take Interstate 15 home, or maybe run the Ortega Highway in reverse and visit Mission San Juan Capistrano, across the street from the morning meeting place.
We had a great turnout from all three clubs. Here is a group picture taken just before we headed onto the Ortega Highway.