Sequoia National Park Overnight Run April 13 & 14, 2019




Your Hosts For The Event

Anne Veen-Sitter & Dave Sitter

Meeting Time/Departure Time
8:30am/9:00am

Location

Starbucks/Nob Hill Parking Lot
1730 Airline Highway #300
Hollister, CA 95023

Details
We will drive out Highway 25 towards The Pinnacles and then onto Highway 198 through Coalinga. We will continue on Highway 198 to Visalia where we will stop at The Habit Burger Grill 604 S. Mooney Blvd, 93277, for a quick lunch.

We will hop back onto Highway 198 and drive towards Sequoia National Park through some simple highway into the mountains onto fun mountain roads. We will stop at Reimer's Candies/Gifts/Ice Cream, 42375 Sierra Drive, Three Rivers, CA. 93271, for a shopping and sweet/coffee break. Parking is limited there so we will need to park on the street. Have cash for ice cream!!

We will then head into Sequoia National Park from there - there is a $35 fee PER VEHICLE or don't forget your PARK PASS, to enter the park. Recommend you have cash. If needed inside the park we can stop at Hospital Rock for a bio break then we will climb to about 6,000-foot elevation to drive through the park's Tunnel Log. Photo opportunities available. The official run ends there.

Route Day One:
https://goo.gl/maps/9rkL9TPi7As

Lunch
Habit Burger Grill
https://www.habitburger.com/locations/visalia/

After Lunch Stop
Reimer's Candies/Gifts/Ice Cream
https://www.reimerscandies.com/

Accommodation Options
https://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/lodging.html (INSIDE PARK)

Sierra Lodge; Highway 198 (OUTSIDE PARK)
http://www.sierra-lodge.com/

Comfort Inn & Suites; Highway 198 (OUTSIDE PARK)
https://www.choicehotels.com/california/three-rivers/comfort-inn-hotels/caa26

Dinner recommendations for overnighters
Grant Grove Restaurant or
https://www.visitsequoia.com/dine/grant-grove-restaurant

The Peaks at Wusachi Lodge
https://www.visitsequoia.com/dine/the-peaks-restaurant

Day Two
Sunday we will take an unofficial hike (really a mile trail walk) out to Thorpes/Tharps Log and drive to The Sherman Tree, the biggest tree in the park, before heading home.

Start Time
TBD

Route Day Two
https://goo.gl/maps/UaiXywAJxSu



By the way if you are not a fully paid member of NorCal Minis there is a $5.00 fee for the event but can be applied to your membership fee for the year if you join up. Check out the details below:

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MINIs for a Cause Show & Shine

Hi Everyone, 

We have added a new Official NorCal MINIs event to our 2019 Run Calendar.

MINIs for A Cause Show & Shine Fundraiser will take place on Sunday, March 10, 2019 from 11am - 3pm at the Butte Creek Country Club. The purpose of the event is to help raise money for the victims of the Camp & Carr Fires, most specifically the youth of both of these fires.  

Butte Creek Country Club

175 Estates Dr
Chico, CA 95928

Meeting Time/Departure Time
8:00am/8:20am

Location
Starbucks 
3040 Bernal Ave 

Pleasanton, CA 

Details

Meet Simon at the Starbucks for the ride up to Butte Creek Country Club. The ride will be straight up 680 to Sacramento, then up 99 to Butte County or you can just meet up with Simon at the event in Chico. 

MFAC has partnered with Golden Valley Community Foundation to collet and distribute the funds raised from this event. There will be a DJ announcing raffle winners throughout the day. Food and drinks available for purchase during the show.

Making a Donation or Registering for Event

If you are unable to attend, monetary donations can be made at:
https://www.goldenvalley.bank/

Select “Donate Now” button besides COMMUNITY FOUNDATION CAMP FIRE RELIEF EFFORTS on their home page.

Then Under “GENERAL FUNDS” - SELECT “Mini's for a Cause”. This will then take you to PayPal to process your donation.

To Register for event, pay your entry fee and purchase t-shirts, hats etc as explained above. Then with your confirmation number fill out the "ENTRY & LIABILITY FORMS" (link below) and include your confirmation number on the forms.

ENTRY & LIABILITY FORMS

Then email entry & liability forms to chicominicooper@gmail.com or send forms in the mail to: 

Chico Mini Cooper
3 Glenoak Court
Chico, CA 95926


Car Show & Shine

Entry fee: $25 per car, $20 each if you enter 2 or more cars per family. 

There are also t-Shirts available for $20 and/or $25 for sizes 2XL, 3XL, 4XL

Hats $20

JUDGING:

  • Cars will be judged on general appearance, care and presentation
  • We will have 5 classes of cars:
    • Classic
    • Gen1
    • Gen2
    • Gen3
    • Themed MINIs
  • Awards will be given for each class & BEST of SHOW
  • Ballots will be in your goodie bags

All profits from donations, raffle ticket sales, entree fee’s, silent auction and t-shirt sales will go to the Golden Valley Bank Community Fund.


A few donated items include:

  • New car cover for a MINI/Mini with cable lock
  • TOYO Tire hats
  • Dash plate signed by Mini legend Paddy Hopkirk
  • Luis A Perocarpi, owner of LAP Motorsports has generously donated a ticket package for the upcoming race weekend at Sonoma Raceway (Sears Point).


Please join NorCal MINIs and other area MINI clubs for the car show, raffles and silent auction.

Watch the FACEBOOK Event page for more updates.


By the way if you are not a fully paid member of NorCal Minis there is a $5.00 fee for the event but can be applied to your membership fee for the year if you join up. Check out the details below:


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Instructions for joining MotorSportReg and joining NorCal MINIs can be found in the following document: Instructions


Mystery Run Details - March 24, 2019



Hi Everyone, 

Sunday, March 24th is our Mystery Run.

We'll be driving North, South, East & West.  Get your Sunday projects completed & prepare for Monday early as we'll be leaving later in the day than our regular runs.  Sleep in you non-early risers!


Your Hosts For The Event:
Christine & Michael Toibin


Meeting Time/Departure Time:
1:00pm/1:30pm

Location:
Starbucks
1502 N Vasco Rd
Livermore, CA

Details: 
Have your lunch before or at our meeting location, as it is not part of the run.

You will need $6 (fee went up January 1st) for a bridge toll (or your FasTrak) and $10 per car for - I can't tell you what it is for, that would giveaway what we're doing, but it is $10 per car.

While not an official part of the run, those who want to, can gather together for an evening meal. I will have more on this after we do our unnamed activities.

Have yourself and your MINI picture-pefect ready. You don't want to miss sunset.

That's it - those are all the detail you will be given.  

Have your radios and big smiles ready!

If you are bringing a dog(s) or other animal with you, I MUST know ahead of time and they MUST be very well behaved.  Please email me at: catoibin@gmail.com if you are bring a dog or other animal. 

Christine Toibin

By the way if you are not a fully paid member of NorCal Minis there is a $5.00 fee for the event but can be applied to your membership fee for the year if you join up. Check out the details below:

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Central Coast Run To Paso Robles, Pismo Beach and San Luis Obispo February 23 & 24 2019

Saturday February 23, 2019

Your Hosts For The Event
Simon and Nikki Tildesley

Meeting Time/Departure Time
8:30am/9:00am

Location
Starbucks 
125 Bernal Rd #20
San Jose, CA 95119

Details 
Come for a fun overnight run down south to Pismo Beach

We will meet at the usual Starbucks we have been using for south runs.
Departure will be 9am SHARP!!!
Driving south on Highway 101 for a period before heading off to take the back roads via Lake Nacimiento, Adelaida and Harmony before heading to Morro Bay for lunch. Plenty of parking at the restaurant. No reservations will be made or you can do your own thing.

After lunch we will take the short drive from Morro Bay to Pismo Beach

Once in Pismo Beach - We will head to Ocean Beach. Photo opportunities perhaps and enjoy the view. 
After this - you are free to do as your please for the evening - though I will try to find a good place where a bigger group can eat if they fancy it.

I am speaking with SoCal MINI's about this run and am trying to get them to meet us in Morro Bay and then enjoy the drive to Pismo Beach. 


Lunch
Bayside Cafe
10 State Park Rd
Morro Bay, CA 93442

http://baysidecafe.com/

Route
https://goo.gl/maps/iETsALsnioG2
updated route to be posted soon


Hotels
The Cliffs Hotel & Spa, 
2757 Shell Beach Rd
Pismo Beach, CA 93449

https://cliffshotelandspa.com/

or book any hotel in the area of your choice

Sunday February 24, 2019

After a lazy breakfast (at your own choice of location), we will all meet back up at the Cliffs Hotel and Spa at 10:30 (address above). Then head to the Monarch Butterfly Grove to see the breeding ground of these gracious butterflies.

And then for those interested it is Simon and Nikki's intention to head back north via Paso Robles stopping at a couple of wineries that we chose as a group.

By the way if you are not a fully paid member of NorCal Minis there is a $5.00 fee for the event but can be applied to your membership fee for the year if you join up. Check out the details below:

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Instructions for joining MotorSportReg and joining NorCal MINIs can be found in the following document: Instructions






January Run To Jack London State Park Recap




January 19, 2019

Leaders: Dolores and Rick Sanchez


The first NorCal Mini’s Run of 2019 had a great turnout. We had 30 cars attend this event with a few new members. Some of the new folks were Jose Garcia and his guest Danny, Greg Seeno and wife Roberta and Jermaine Jones to just to name few.

The run started at the Starbucks in Vallejo off of Admiral Callahan Lane. After leaving parking lot, we eventually proceeded west on HWY 37 toward HWY 29. Once on HWY 29 we drove north for about 14 miles through 9 signal lights before arriving at our main turn off at Exit 19 -Trancas St/Redwood Rd in Napa. We pretty much got separated on HWY 29 due to the traffic lights (Good thing Rick and Dolores passed out paper copies of route!). We were all able to regroup at the base of Dry Creek Rd before our 17-mile journey on Dry Creek/Trinity Rd to Glen Ellen. It was a nice 2 lane twisty road. Unfortunately, due to recent rains, the road was heavily muddy in some areas which led to one minor casualty. Alex Tildesley lost traction on a turn and damaged one of his front tires. Fortunately, the damage was not that serious and Alex was able to finish the run with help from new member Jose Garcia.

We arrived at Jack London State Park around 10:30 AM. We visited the park till Noon. During this time, members were able to walk on a self-guided tour to Jack London’s “House of Happy Walls Museum” which had many artifacts from his life. From the museum there was a nature trail that led to Jack London’s Grave site as well as to Wolf House Ruins. The path was beautiful with lots of moss-covered trees, a small stream and wild mushrooms growing on fallen trees. The path was a serene environment. A few members took very nice pictures that were shared on the NorCal Minis website. Once we regrouped in the parking lot, we were able to see for the first time our new “Big” club flag which our President, Simon, proudly displayed by his Mini. Dolores passed out a map of local wineries with a few recommended places to visit as well as menus for Gott’s Roadhouse

After taking our customary group photo, we headed back toward St Helena for lunch at Gott’s Roadhouse. We basically backtracked on Trinity/Dry Creek Road until we reached Oakville Grade Road which led us to HWY 29. We arrived at Gott’s Roadhouse around 1 PM. We did not anticipate that the restaurant would be as busy as it was given the weather conditions. Those of us that ordered ahead lucked out. But no matter, a good time was had by all visiting with each other, having some wine, getting to know our new members or just catching up with old club friends.

Dolores and I want to thank everyone for attending and hope everyone found this to be a fun, different, and enjoyable event. A special thank you to Steve and Tina Sandke for volunteering to be the caboose for this run.



By the way if you are not a fully paid member of NorCal Minis there is a $5.00 fee for the event but can be applied to your membership fee for the year if you join up. Check out the details below:

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Don't forget to RSVP for the February Run to the Central Coast. And if already have don't forget about making your hotel reservations!

Jack London State Park & Wine Tasting Run January 19, 2019

Your Hosts For The Event
Rick Sanchez & Dolores Quintero-Sanchez

Meeting Time/Departure Time
8:00am/9:00am

Location
Starbucks 
966 Admiral Callaghan Lane
Vallejo, CA 

Details
We will be driving to Jack London Historic Park (www.jacklondonpark.com) in beautiful Glen Ellen. We will be taking Dry Creek/Trinity Road which is a twisty 17 mile two lane road to Glen Ellen. This part of run will take us about 1.5 hours. 

We will visit the Jack London Park for about 1.5 hours. There will be a $10 entry fee per car. (Bring snacks, drinks and lawn chairs if you want). 

We will leave Jack London Park and back track on Trinity /Dry Creek Road to Oakville Grade Road to St Helena, where we will have lunch at Gott's Roadhouse (www.gotts.com). 

The run officially ends after lunch at Gott's Roadhouse. Everyone is on their own to try out the local wineries. We will make some recommendation at the driver's meeting. 

See you all there!

FYI
For those who are members of AAA, you may want to stop by and pick up a terrific map they have of the WINERIES OF NAPA AND SONOMA COUNTIES. A great reference tool.

Route
https://goo.gl/maps/rCrnnQ8YZQF2

Lunch
Gott's Roadhouse 
933 Main St
St Helena, CA

By the way if you are not a fully paid member of NorCal Minis there is a $5.00 fee for the event but can be applied to your membership fee for the year if you join up. Check out the details below:

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