SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY MIATA CLUB
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Christmas Party Dec 2018
We had 31 people at Club One Casino for your annual Christmas Party. After a little social time, we all sat down to a nice dinner and then some music by De Ja Vu. We also managed to get in a meeting and do election of new Officers. 2018 was a good year for the club and here's hoping that 2019 will be even better. We covet your prayers, one of our members has been told she has cancer. Let's work on helping her get rid of that.
Annual Coastal Run Jan 2019
23 cars from our club and San Diego left Sat morning for nice run up to Seaside on a great new windy road that everyone had fun with. After lunch at Fish Wife we headed to Monterey for a docent tour of the historical part of Monterey and then off to the hotel for a nice happy hour, dinner and dice game that kept everyone busy. Next morning down beautiful Hwy 1 to Ragged Point for lunch and then onto Moonstone Beach. Some wine by the pool time and then hooked back up with the San Diego Club for some snacks and then dinner. Monday morning headed down the coast on some more windy Miata roads to a nice lunch in Pismo. And then home. A great three day trip and many thanks to Jim and Juanita for putting this together and on Monday thanks to Roger and Janis for taking the lead on some more neat roads and then eventually home.
Miata 30th Reunion Oct 2019
Eight cars went to the Laguna Seca Miata 30th Reunion. There were vendors, hot laps, food, pictures, parade laps, ride alongs, etc. About 1500 cars showed up from all over including Canada. Lasted three days and had perfect weather. Skip