SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY MIATA CLUB
CALICO RUN MARCH 2016
We had 6 brave people decide to follow me to Calico. With Mary and
myself, we had a total of 8. The weather cooperated with us as we left under
cloudy skies from Huckleberry's. The trip was pretty mellow on the freeway
going to Bakersfield for our first pit stop. From Bakersfield we took a couple
of winding country roads up into Tehachapi. A brief stop at the Tehachapi Loop
found no trains this time, but a bit of coolness in the air with wind chill.
From the loop we continued the back way into Tehachapi and which lead into the
back way into Mojave. We did get a few sprinkles in Tehachapi. We took a scenic
tour of the wind power facility -- which contains 4,700 turbines and is second
in size to the Altamont Pass.
We had lunch at Peggy Sue's in Yermo and then made our way up to
Calico. The weather was present with most of in normal shirts. We had a great
time exploring the town. Skip and Leighann joined me a hunt for a geocache
which we found. We weren't so lucky on the 2nd one we looked for as a group.
We went the hotel and rested and had some good camraderie split
between the pool and the breakfast area. We went to dinner across the street at
the Firehouse (Italian food). Upon returning, since time change was that night
we retired to our rooms.
Up and out early -- we were ready to leave at 8:30. Headed
back toward Bakesfied, we went by way of Randsburg, Garlock and Lake Isabella
(that lake is low). It appeared that everyone had a great run coming down the
Kern Canyon in a spirited fashion. So as to not make the trip boring, we took
an excursion through the northeast side of Bakersfield going through Hart Park
and up on Panorama Drive where you could look over the oil fields. It was great
that the grass was green.
We finally got rain about Visalia on the return to Fresno. It was
a very nice weekend and I was surprised that most had never been on a few of
those back roads.
Poker Run April 2016
Annual Poker Run dedicated to Rod Roseling
We had 26 cars for our 22nd annual Poker run through the local foothills and on up Highway 180 eventually stopping at Badger Mountain House for lunch. Weather was great, tops down all day and then finishing with a nice dinner at Fort Washington Country Club. Friday night was a hospitality with horsdoeuvres, a clay bar raffle and then Saturday morning before the poker run a car show with trophies for the four classes of Miata's and best of show. Thanks to everyone for coming. Here are a few pictures. Later a check for $1500 was presented to Rescue the Children.
ET Extravaganza Car Show Madera 2016
We had 9 cars representing SJVMC to help honor Rod Roseling. There were many different types of cars from lowered Impalas to jacked up pickups and everything in between. Weather was cool in the morning but great by midday. The school did a great job putting this together and had signs made to thank us for being there to honor Rod. It was a good run, check out the pictures.
Sugar Pine Railroad
We had 9 cars drive up to the Sugar Pine Railroad for a nice steak dinner, some music, a train back into the forest, some more music and then a ride back on the train all under a full moon.
Grizzlies Den Run
31 members drove up Hwy 49 to the Grizzlies Den Restaurant for a nice lunch and then drove into Mariposa for ice cream and a walk around town. After that Walt and Marlene Reimer invited everyone to their home in Awanee for a cold beer on the way home. Good day, I already had one ask me to do it again in Oct after it cools off.
Summer Club Birthday Party Sep 2016
We had 25 members come to the annual Club Birthday Party at Roger and Janice Tozlian's home for a great BBQ Tri Tip Dinner. They were super hosts and provided the Trip Tip and Snacks. Everyone else brought their favorite pot luck. Great time for some good food and a visit. Also had our Sept meeting and discussed up coming runs.
Cat Haven Oct 2016
We had 16 for our Cat Haven run on Oct 1st. Beautiful day with the tops down. Nice lunch at Twin Valley in Dunlap. Cat Haven has an amazing collection of lions, tigers, panthers, chetahs, etc. Took a group tour and learned a lot. I recommend going if you have never been there.
Gold Country Run Oct 2016
We had seven cars take a nice drive up to Gold Country for a short two day trip. We went to places like Colombia, Murphy, Jackson and others. Spent the night in Arnold. Took over the parking lot, told stories drank some wine then went out for a nice Italian dinner. Headed home the next day, weather was perfect, nice drive with the tops down.
Christmas Party Dec 2016
Our Christmas Party was held at Roger and Janice Tozlian's on Dec 17th. We had a good turn out, had a short meeting, elected officers for the coming year and then had a great ham dinner. Thanks to the Tozlian's for hosting this event. Unfortunately no pictures were taken. Merry Christmas everyone.
Jan 2017 Coastal Run
It was the last weekend of January and time for our annual coastal
run Due to the extreme rains this year, and mudslides to the north, we
decided to go south this year. On Friday AM, 7 SJVMC (San Joaquin Valley
Miata Club) cars & members met in Kingsburg along with 2 cars from
SDMC (San Diego Miata Club). Heading south we picked up
another SJVMC member in Bakersfield. Once at the
Magic Mountain area, we picked up yet another SDMC car, and
merged onto Hwy 126 heading to the coast. We twisted and turned on Hwy 23
to Westlake Village and had lunch at Boccaccio's along the lake. It was here
that the final 8 cars from the SDMC joined in. Following lunch
we continued our twists and turns on Hwy 23 to Malibu. We traveled
north on Hwy 1, and spent the night in Oxnard. DInner was at the hotel
and the group spent the evening socializing.
On Saturday, we drove up the coast to Santa Barbara and toured
Casa del Herrero, a historic house, garden and workshop. Everyone seemed to
enjoy this hidden treasure. The miataphiles were again on the road up the
coast to Goleta where we were served sandwiches, chips and cookies by our
friends at Moss Motors. Chris at Moss organized the lunch and a
tour of their distribution center along with an opportunity to purchase
car parts. Following our tour, we meandered up the 101 coast
and over to Lompoc. Again, we had social time before our family
style dinner at La Botte Italian Restaurant. The dinner was
completed with dessert and entertainment by Mama Catarina.
The next morning we had a leisure drive up Hwy 1 through farmland
and coast to lunch at Sea Shanty in Cayucos. At this point, the SDMC
separated from us to head to Cambria. The SJVMC did one last twisty road
- Old Creek Road back to Hwy 46, and stopped at Sculpterra Winery in Paso
Robles to enjoy the artwork and music (no wine), then back to Fresno. The
weather was perfect, and we were able to ride "topless" all
weekend. Until next year....
Rescue the Children
Many of us took a tour of the Rescue the Children Facility as we gave our donation to them.
Blossom Trail Run Feb 2017
We had 9 cars meet at the Blossom Trail Café for lunch and then head out on the Fresno County Blossom Trail. We finished in Clovis at Togo's for ice cream. It was a great day with the weather giving us a break in the rain. Except for Greg getting 5 cups of coffee and two glasses of tea spilled in his lap, it was a perfect day.
Poker Run May 2017
We had 22 cars that did about 180 miles on our annual Poker Run. We stopped for lunch at El Cids in Oakhurst and finished up with dinner at the Manhattan in Fresno. Had a little rain during the day but it was so light that people didn't even put their tops back up. Good scenery, good day, good food. Just a fun day. Special thanks to Marna Wood for putting this run together. We raised money for a donation to the Manna House in Oakhurst. The amount yet to be determined.
Manna House June 2017
At our June meeting, our club presented the Manna House from Oakhurst a check for $1500. The donation was from both the procedes of the poker run and the rest from our treasury.
Lake McClure House Boat August 2017
There was 11 of us, we had good food, lots of laughs and I believe fun for all, even some neighbor house boaters joined us for dinner and drinks. The water was perfect.
Shaver Lake Sept 2017
We had 8 cars take a nice drive up the old tollhouse through Shaver Lake, up to Huntington Lake, back down through Big Creek and back to Shaver Lake. There we had lunch at the Shaver Lake Lodge. After lunch we took the back road to Auberry and then headed home. A great run and the weather was perfect even a little chilly up top which felt good after a long hot summer. Good job Jim and Judy Irvine for putting on the run.
Annual Club Birthday Party Sept 2017
We had 22 people join us at the Tozlian's home for a great summer BBQ. As usual Roger and Janice did an awesome job of hosting the party plus cooking the beef and chicken kabob's. Everyone had a good time, weather was good, just a fun annual event.
Mammoth Pool Picnic Run
We had a great Picnic Run. It was a beautiful day. Jim McKee, Jack Wilburn, Roger and Janice Tozlian, Brian and Becky Wieber (Owners of a brand new RF Model) and hopefully new members, and Glenn and Judy Vinson. Had a great picnic and went exploring the area. It's a very nice place. The road up was almost deserted so we got to push the Miata's through the corners, it was a gas!!!!
Las Vegas Hoover Dam
We had 6 cars head to Las Vegas and took a tour of Hoover Dam, then off to lunch at Boulder City, a surprise stop at the chocolate factory. A very funny variety show that night and the next day a nice drive up to Mt Charleston and then back to town to go to the Mob Museum. Breakfast the next morning at the Cracker Barrel and then the drive home. Weather was great and the planned activites were great, only problem was Greg and Mary Wheeler's broken clutch on the way home that required a tow truck ride to Fresno. Jim and Juanita did a fantastic job putting on this run.