Safe Adventure: Antelope Valley & Lake Castaic
Updated: May 8, 2020
Inspired by my good friend Laura Eckstein's (@lauraecksteinjones) Instagram posts about her safe adventure to see the California Poppies earlier this week, I took a meandering trip to the Antelope Valley yesterday to have a look for myself. In true 'nothing to do and no time limit to do it in' fashion, I headed north on the backroads of the Angeles National Forest (https://www.fs.usda.gov/angeles/), which led me through Hidden Springs and past Granite and Pacifico Mountains. When I arrived at Poppy-central two hours later, the currently closed, yet somehow still wildly popular Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve (http://parks.ca.gov/?page_id=627), was a bit congested with Selfie Seekers, so I had to drive a few miles before finding a spot to myself. When I did I was awed by the glory of these beautiful wildflowers that appear for just a few weeks each year. Tearing myself away from this fab flora, I headed to Lake Elizabeth, where I shut off my GPS and let instinct take over. I drove west along the north end of Lake Hughes before steering south on Lake Hughes Road. This took me on a 25+ mile journey full of scenic sites and empty view spots that skirt the eastern rim of Los Padres National Forest (https://www.fs.usda.gov/lpnf) before ending at majestic Castaic Lake Reservoir (https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=628). It was nice to see L.A.'s drinking water so relaxed and refreshed.