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Pinnacles National Park Run Details

Hi Everyone,  RAIN or SHINE we will visit Pinnacles National Park on Saturday, November 11, 2017. MEETING/DEPARTURE TIME: 9:00am/9:30am ...

Final results are in.....

Thank you members for your ideas and votes. Here is the results from online and in-person voting. NorCal MINIS' official run list for 2017 (no particular order):
- A castle tour and wine tasting at Castello di Amoroso, Napa
- A drive in Novato, Bodega Bay or Petaluma
- Glass Beach in Ft. Bragg
- Hearst Castle evening tour
- Humboldt County to drive the Avenue of Giants
- Hwy 25 to Pinnacles National Park (Day run)
- Hwy 49 through Sutter Creek with some great roads from the Mariposa area
- Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo
- Run thru the Delta to the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg near Sacramento
- Sturgeons Mill, a stream mill with lunch near Occidental

NorCal MINIS participating special event, not sponsored by NorCal MINIS:
- A Mini Vacation in Vegas (AMVIV) with the Sin City MINIs club
- Sonoma Raceway with MINI being the Marquee car

Members: Share your finds of roads less travelled or any place worth checking out, such as restaurants or businesses offering tours that could accommodate our group. Email Christine Toibin any and all of your ideas for any of these runs.

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CONGRATULATIONS to all our Officers and Club Directors:
President - Christine Toibin
Vice President - Tara Hunter
Treasurers - Richard & Sharon Stevens
Secretary - Erika Hattenhauer-Lovlien
Club Directors - Steve & Stephanie Alaniz, Vickie Casacca & Mick Brown, Tom Geiger, Christine Kingsley, John & Carolyn Mifsud, Rick & Carol Sherman
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Only those NORCAL MINIS' families that purchase a NORCAL MINIS' Membership can vote on Club activities! Become a Member today at www.norcalminis.com.


Redding/Lassen Volcanic National Park weekend Oct.8-9, 2016




Here's our plans for the Redding/Lassen Volcanic National Park weekend. We hope to see many of you as we enjoy this great National Park. An invitation has been been extended to Shasta MINIS & Capital City MINIS to join us as well. Come meet fellow club members for a fun weekend away.


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SATURDAY - October 8, 2016 - Redding


Meet: 9:30 AM:
Peet's Coffee & Tea
1671 E Monte Vista Rd
Vacaville, CA

From here we’ll motor up to Redding via 505 & I5.

Lunch:
Logan's Roadhouse
1955 Hilltop Dr
Redding, CA

Menu: http://logansroadhouse.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/logans-ca-menu-0816-rev15.pdf

After Lunch we’ll visit:

Sundial Bridge & Turtle Bay Exploration Park
844 Sundial Bridge Dr.
Redding, CA

Park Admission Includes admission to the Museum, Forest Camp, Parrot Playhouse, and Botanical Gardens.

Adult (16+) $16*; Child (4-15) $12; Seniors (65+) $12; Members and Ages 3 & under Free
*****Bring a new or gently used book and you can get $2 off admission.*****
Enjoy the bridge and park as long as you want. It closes at 4pm.

Check in to hotel and we’ll see you later in the evening at Benton AirPark.

Evening/Dinner:
Movie Night at Benton AirPark
Benton Airpark (www.flybenton.com)
2600 Gold St.
Redding, CA 96001

Dinner - The Airpark Cafe’ from 5pm - 7pm
Come to the Benton Airpark for dinner at their cafe before the movie. The Cafe' closes at 7pm, so come early to have a bite to eat and hang out, or eat wherever you chose before movie time.

MOVIE: Times: 7pm - 9pm
We’ll see “The Italian Job” in an airplane hanger.
Admission: $5 - please have cash to pay at the door
Details: Enjoy FREE POPCORN. Beer, wine, and soda available for sale!

Cafe (outside) and Hanger for movie are dog-friendly

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SUNDAY - October 9th - Lassen Volcanic National Park


Breakfast: Eat at your hotel or elsewhere before meeting for departure to park.

Departure: 8:00 AM to Lassen Volcanic National Park
Meet at:
Target
1280 Dana Dr
Redding, CA

We’ll head to Lassen via Hwy 44 then 89, then 36 to Red Bluff before heading home. The drive through the park takes about two hours (with stops) from the Manzanita Lake entrance (Hwy 44) to the Hwy 36 entrance.
Park Admission: Vehicle Pass $20
Free for those of us with a Senior Pass - don’t forget to bring it!

Audio Tour:
The park offers an audio tour that corresponds to each of 16 markers along the park's 30-mile highway. You’ll need to download the files before you get to the park if you’d like to have this as part of your drive. See this page for the audio files: https://www.nps.gov/lavo/learn/photosmultimedia/audio-tours.htm

Pets in the Park:
Where may I go with my pet?
A good rule of thumb is that a pet may go anywhere a car may go: roads and road shoulders (not snow-covered), campgrounds, picnic areas, and parking lots.
Where are pets not allowed?
Pets are not permitted on any hiking trail, in the park backcountry (including snow-covered roads or trails), in any body of water, or inside visitor centers or other park facilities.

Lunch: You can bring your own, or purchase from the Lassen Cafe & Gift or the Manzanita Lake Camper Store. We’ll have lunch together. After lunch, those who want to go to Bumpass Hell can do the hike and those that aren’t up to it can make their way home.

Bumpass Hell trail is a rewarding way to experience the park's largest hydrothermal (hot water) area. This moderate three mile round-trip hike leads to a boardwalk where you can listen to belching mud pots, watch as steam escapes from Big Boiler fumarole, and marvel at bubbling and boiling pools.

Start: Bumpass Hell parking lot
Round Trip Distance: 3 miles
Round Trip Time: 2 hours
Terrain: easy 300 foot descent
Elevation: 8000 feet

The Trail: The trail is quite easy, though the altitude (8,000 feet) can make the trail seem moderately difficult. Hiking boots are recommended as the trail crosses generally rocky land with some tree cover, and without much change in elevation until the 100 foot drop into the thermally active basin. The active area can be seen (and smelt!) from far away - a wide basin filled with various steaming pools and unusual multi-colored soils, stained orange, brown, yellow and green by sulphur and other minerals. Together with the occasional white snow patches, the (usually) deep blue sky and the aquamarine waters, the spectacle is extremely beautiful and colourful.
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Hotel Suggestions:

Fairfield Inn & Suites Redding
5164 Caterpillar Road
Redding, CA 960003

Standard Rate: $127 pre-paid
Non-Smoking * Free Breakfast * Pets welcomed
La Quinta Inn & Suites Redding
2180 Hilltop Dr
Redding,CA 96002
Rates start at $72.00, lower with AAA or AARP, etc.
Non-smoking hotel * Free Breakfast * Pets welcomed

There are other hotels in the area, if you prefer a particular brand.

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