Mud on the Tires

Last Sunday, Dan, Snoopy, and I hopped in the truck and headed to the local mountains. Dan’s truck is a 4×4 with off-road tires and so we turned off Ortega Hwy., out past San Juan Capistrano, onto a dirt road. Dan used his SoCal off-roading book as our guide and we climbed and dipped our way through the fire roads and trails in the Cleveland National Forest. We stopped a few times along the road – once to eat our packed sack lunch and once to explore the top of Santiago Peak (the highest point in Orange County at 5,689′). The last time I was at the peak was after I’d hiked all the way up there on the Holy Jim Trail. I gotta say, it was much easier to drive up there than hike up there:-) Dan had never been to the top of “Saddleback” and so it was fun to explore it together and let Snoopy run around off leash.

Atop Santiago Peak

As we were bumping along on the dirt road, I asked Dan if this was an activity in which we could participate with small children. After we hit a huge rut and braced ourselves against the sudden movement, I realized that the answer was probably no:-( Although…if Snoopy can manage it, sans doggie seatbelt, maybe a child strapped into a carseat could…

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I'm a Midwest transplant in SoCal...spending my time exploring, questioning, reading, writing, baking, skiing, and running.
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One Response to Mud on the Tires

  1. Robin says:

    Probably depends on if they get carsick or not. I mean, I wouldn’t do it with a child too small to hold his or her own head up, but by age 1, most little kids LOVE to be jostled (see: motorboat, motorboat in the pool, bouncing on daddy’s knee, playing superman, going over railroad tracks). You might have to slow down for the REALLY big ruts, or reconsider if the kid is prone to motion sickness, but I bet the 2-3 year olds I know would probably take to offroading just fine.

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