Hosted by Diane & Jim Sommars
It Did NOT Rise Over the MLR
Wow! What an amazing and mysterious lunch run this was! Remember, before you read further, that the Memorial Day weekend is the “unofficial” start of summer. Jim and Diane took that into consideration while planning this trip into an unknown (and invisible) world, but Mother Nature didn’t play fair with them at all.
We had 22 cars at the meeting place, with all of us standing around shivering under umbrellas, hats and extra jackets. Jim had warned that we needed full gas tanks and since most of us have experienced a “Sommars Special” MLR before, we took him at his word. It was the usual group, although Norm and Ronette brought along Christian and Alexis, newly wed folks who are a rare exception to the current younger generations and seem to have the “car gene.” The Erhardts, relatively new members, were literally getting their feet wet in the MLR experience.
The general directions to the group, with Jim in the lead and Bill Stedfield in the rear guard, were to go north on the 15 to the 215 and then keep going. Marilyn Glenore was the only wise one of the group as she changed direction part way through and headed home, thinking that she didn’t want to drive in the rain for a long way without a co-pilot. Smart decision, Marilyn!
The weather didn’t get any better except for brief breaks in the rain as we headed northbound on the 215, zigging and zagging through Riverside as required, then continuing uphill onto CA 18 and Waterman Avenue. Because we were so spread out, we lost three cars who missed the Waterman exit, but they found us later. At the Carl’s Jr potty stop, we had 18 cars so we knew we were shy a few, but unsure exactly who. Remember that if you are out of line of sight, you probably can’t hear the radios either, so we had no way to talk to the little lost lambs. That is why we have the secret instructions and that is how the group ended up in the same place.
Actually, it is amazing that any of us ended up in the same place. As we climbed higher we got into FOG, FOG and MORE FOG, so could hardly see the car in front of us on the tight, curvy roads up to Crestline, Blue Jay and Lake Arrowhead. Our lunch destination was in Lake Arrowhead Village and we did all end up at the Lake Arrowhead Deli. A lot of other folks were in the Village and also in the Deli as they had gone into the mountains for a fun in the sun long weekend and ended up in the rain, with the potential for snow (which did actually fall in the later afternoon!).
The Deli serves pizza, hot and cold sandwiches and salads. As Diane said, it was amazing that on a day like this, they had no soup available. The servings were sizeable. Ask Marti about her gigantic calzone! Lots of to-go boxes went back down the hill with the departing Corvettes.
Well, it was not we expected, not what the Sommars planned, but it certainly was an adventure. As Darlena said, we should do this run again but in better weather so we could actually see the Lake and also see where we were going. Thanks to Jim and Diane for all their planning, but obviously you can’t control Mother Nature.