Santa Clarita to Lancaster
Saturday, January 25th
Photos by Mark Ware, Karen Jewett, Scot Gregory
It was a perfect Saturday morning when a large contingent of Corvettes gathered in the unusually warm January sunshine to prepare for some fun and scenic canyon driving. We were ready to embark on a trip to an unknown lunch destination, and alas, we were not disappointed – with either the drive or the lunch spot!
The San Francisquito Canyon was at the core of our trip, and allowing the historic, El Camino Viejo offer to its curves and straightaways, made our Corvettes feel right at home.
After passing through the communities of Green Valley and Elizabeth Lake, we followed our leader as we pointed our trusty steeds east until we rolled into the parking lot of the local mom-and-pop restaurant of Don Gus.
Our group descended on the small, family-owned establishment like a herd of hungry wildebeests. But the crowd was quickly appeased with warm chips, fresh salsa, and spicy bean dip, which held us over until the colorful and aromatic entrees of tacos, enchiladas, and chili rellenos, arrived at the tables.
With lunch underway, we learned there was yet another destination included in the day’s events.
Trivia Q: How many remember the TV series, Death Valley Days, co-staring Ronald Reagan, and produced by Gene Autry? Good Times!
I ask, because for those that could continue on, there was a run out to the desert cliffs of the beautiful Red Rock State Park for a photo-op and sightseeing. This is an area steeped in history, including the legendary twenty-mule team wagons that hauled borax from Death Valley in the late 1800’s, to the rail-head in Mojave.
This was a fun day, and our hats are off once again to the activities committee for another well planned, and well-organized club event. If you are not regularly attending these events, we encourage you to do so, and we will look forward to seeing you next month for both the Valentine’s Day poker run, and the driving museum in El Segundo!