SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY MIATA CLUB

PAST ACTIVITIES


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....


Juanita


 


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.

Thanks, Nancy.

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.

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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.

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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!!!!


Glenn


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.

Annual Christmas Party Dec 2017

We had 22 people enjoy our annual Christmas Party including 3 from a band that entertained us thanks to Ralph and Nancy. Good food and good music made for a fun night. No meeting that night since election of officers was not needed. May Wheeler is taking over as Secretary. Club One Casino turned out to be a great location for the event.


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COAST RUN 2018

The SJVMC just completed their 2018 Coastal Run.  The run was led by Jim & Juanita McKee, and this year, the club went a little further north on their excursion.  We left from Fresno on Saturday AM, with 10 cars.  We picked up 2 in the foothills, 1 in Madera, and another in Los Banos.  We caravanned to Filoli Gardens in Woodside, had a picnic lunch, than toured the home and gardens.  From there we were back in our cars for the short drive to Half Moon Bay.  Saturday night, we ate at the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.

On Sunday we did a loop run that took almost 2 hours.  It was a run found on the internet, and suggested by the Ritz Carlton Hotel as a way to see the area.  We drove Hwy 92, then onto 35, then along to Hwy 84 (Alice’s Restaurant) took a right along to Pescadero Canyon Rd. turning left back to Hwy 1. Once back on Hwy 1, we headed north back to Half Moon Bay and lunch as Sam’s Chowder House.  A member of BAMA joined us for lunch.  Everyone loved the run!

We had 3 cars from the San Diego Club and 2 from SOCALM.  We had 3 cars unable to attend at the last minute.  Several stayed over to enjoy another day at the coast, and the beautiful sunshine.  Those that left, drove back down the coast to Santa Cruz for an ice cream stop prior to heading back over the hills home.

Four cars stayed an extra night, toured a light house, went out for dinner then sat around, relaxed and had a  few beers. Then took a scenic tour home on Monday on Hwy 25 south of Hollister, stopped at an old biker bar for a hamburger and then home. Great weekend. Jim and Juanita did a great job putting this run on.


Lunch Run Feb 2018

We had 10 cars leave Fresno and head up to Oakhurst for lunch at Taqueria Plazuelas, a great Mexican restaurant. After lunch drove to the other end of town to Reimers Candies for ice cream. Sat outside in the beautiful 70 degree weather. After ice cream some headed home and some drove around Bass Lake and took a longer drive home. Welcome new members Brian & Becky Weibe on their first run. Just a nice lazy day drive in the sun with the tops down.

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Annual Poker Run May 2018

We had 7 cars spend the day in the foothills around Fresno on a perfect weather day for our annual poker run. A little smaller run since it was just our club but a lot of fun. Good lunch at El Cids in Oakhurst and later dinner in Clovis. Congrats to Jim & Juanita for winning the poker hand and thanks to both them and Glenn and Judy for putting the run on.

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Dinner Run to Triangle Drive Inn Jun 2018

A nice Saturday evening with 7 cars at the Triangle Drive Inn for dinner and then off to Ampersand for ice cream down by Fresno High School. Thanks to Sam and Sarah for putting this on.

Gold Beach Jet Boat  Jun 2018

The SJVMC group of 8 cars and 15 people left bright and early on June 26th headed for the Oregon coast.  We had a great lunch at Granzilla’s in Williams and spent the night in Redding. We enjoyed a refreshing dip in the hotel pool and dinner at a Thai restaurant. (Some went for pizza).

Wednesday the 27thfound us traveling along the coast of Oregon to Gold Beach.  The weather was quite cool and windy.  The hotel was great and we enjoyed a delicious dinner at the Spinners restaurant. 

Thursday was the main event:  a jet boat ride up the Rouge River.  We traveled 104 miles round trip with lunch at a lodge midday.  The boat ride was super fun with many quick turns that managed to get us wet each time. The weather was perfect!

Friday found our group all leaving to different destinations in the area.  Some went straight home, others took an extra day to get home and still others went visiting friends and relatives in the area. 

Greg and Mary


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Cedar Grove July 2018

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On Saturday, July 21, 2018, 6 member cars (plus one guest) enjoyed a sunny drive from Fresno to Cedar Grove in Kings Canyon National Park. The run included a brief stop at the Grant Grove Visitor Center before the spectacular and twisty drive down into Kings Canyon. With a couple picnic tables right by the Kings River at Cedar Grove Village, we had a great time sharing stories over sandwiches and snacks. We even celebrated a birthday with some "Just Bundt" Cupcakes! 


 After lunch we made sure to drive to Road's End, winding between the amazing mountain views. We even had a bonus of seeing a small black bear right near the road! Turning for home, we enjoyed a quick stop at Grizzly Falls, and finally a photo-op stop at Vista Point. 


 The highway to Cedar Grove seems purpose-built for the Miata, and we all had a great time. 


Brian & Becky


Annual Club Birthday Party Sept 2018

We had 22 come to our annual party at Walt and Marlene's home. Marlene fixed a ham and we pot lucked everything else. Great day with late summer warm weather. Unfortunately the party just started when just a few miles away the Oak fire started and now two days later it is up to 400 acres and causing some evacuations. Let's hope they get it soon. Thanks Walt and Marlene for hosting this annual event. You have a nice home with a nice view.

Mystery Tour Sept 2018

8 cars met at Chuckchansi and took a nice drive through the hills, up Hwy 49 to Coulterville for lunch. After lunch the drive continued in a different direction through Mariposa and back to Oakhurst for some ice cream at Reimers. Weather was perfect for tops down all day. Thanks to Ralph and Nancy for putting on the run.

Lunch Run Nov 2018

5 cars headed up Hwy 41 then through Oneals and then on the back roads to North Fork and then finally up to Duceys at Bass Lake for lunch. After lunch we went to Reimers in Oakhurst for ice cream and then home. Great day considering it is the middle of November and the much of the country is already getting snow.


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