Gold Country Run & Annual Picnic Saturday July 24, 2021

Your Hosts For The Event:  Dave and Anne Sitter Date of the Event: Saturday July 24, 2021  This is a fun run into the beautiful and historic...

Gold Country Run & Annual Picnic Saturday July 24, 2021

Your Hosts For The Event: 

Dave and Anne Sitter

Date of the Event:

Saturday July 24, 2021 

This is a fun run into the beautiful and historic Gold Country of California. We begin the run in Santa Nella and will be on flat country farm roads for the first 90 minutes or so. We will get to get some speed under our wheels while we drive past some of the farms and dairies of the Central Valley providing us our fruits, veggies and dairy products. We are making a 30 minute stop at The Fruit Barn in Merced (http://www.mercedfruitbarn.com) where you can shop if you want, pick up food, drinks and sit for awhile under a shady tree for a quick live connect with your Mini family.

Once past we will then get into some very windy roads heading up into the mountain communities. They are very narrow in some spots but we will slow speed down as we get to see the beauty of the Sierra Nevada mountains heading into the Tuolumne County side.

We will continue on through Jamestown up through Sonora and on to Indigeny Cidery where we will have our NorCal Mini Club Annual Summer Picnic. The club is providing sandwiches and fixings. If you want to bring your own food you are welcome to do so as well (note: bring your own outdoor lawn chairs as well)

Indigeny is well known for some of the best hard cider in the surrounding area. We HIGHLY recommend you taste test if you are a hard cider fan as you will not be sorry. 

The run officially ends at Indigeny.

Meeting/Departure Time:

Meet Up Location:
Hotel Mission De Oro
13070 CA-33
Santa Nella, CA 95322


There is an optional overnight on Saturday night for anyone who chooses to do so. If you do, we will be meeting up at the WalMart parking lot on Sanguinetti in Sonora Sunday morning for a drive to cute historic Columbia and, if time permits, we may check out Moaning Caverns. Below are a few local hotels and motels you can check out if you want to book an overnight stay. DISCLAIMER: We have not stayed at any of these places, however, they are recommended by Sonora locals.

The Historic Sonora Inn
160 S Washington St, Sonora, CA 95370•(209) 532-2400

Gunn House Hotel
286 S Washington St, Sonora, CA 95370•(209) 532-3421

The Gold Lodge
480 West Stockton Street, Sonora, CA 95370

Sunday Information for those staying overnight:

Meet Up Location:
WalMart on Sanguinetti in Sonora
1101 Sanguinetti RoadSonoraCA 95370

Meet/Departure Time: 10:30am/11:15am

Simon will be leading a group to the Columbia Moaning Caverns about 25-30 minutes away.
It is a fascinating place to visit if you are interested or you can choose to visit the town of Columbia which is a very interesting old town.

Check out the Caverns website as you will need to make a reservation if you choose to visit.


Finally, in conjunction with this run, and in the spirit of giving back which the club takes very seriously, we are collecting donations for the local animal rescue Anne Sitter spends much time volunteering with. As a foster mother to many many sick cats, kittens and mom/kitten families, Anne's passion lies with animal rescue. 

Heading Home Animal Rescue a local rescue whose focus is on feral cat communities and rescuing and rehabbing cats and kittens to adopt out. However, they also rescue and rehab dogs, puppies, rabbits, birds and the occasional wild small animal. 

HHAR also has a barn cat program for feral cats who cannot be adopted out due to their fear of humans but who thrive in barn situations as mousers and rodent catchers. Anne has volunteered much time with them for about 8 years fostering, rehabbing and working on spay/neuter days for the rescue. Any amount of money goes to the rescue to help with veterinary bills, purchasing food, meds and whatever else is needed to ensure they can rescue and find loving home for as many animals as possible. 

Check out their website and you will see a few before and after pictures of cats and kittens who have come into the rescue and rehabbed. All of them have been adopted out and are now living their best lives, one of them even with NorCal Mini's Officer Mike Toibin and his wife Christine and 2 of them with club directors Dave and Anne Sitter. 

The club will be matching donations with their own donation of $250. 

On behalf Heading Home Anne thanks you all in advance for your kind donations to help these animals who cannot help themselves. 

Heading Home is an amazing organization so come on NorCal open your wallets and your hearts and donate as much as you can!!
Let's blow the $250 club donation away!!

You must RSVP via MotorSportReg:

As of today JUNE 3rd, 2021 the following is in place.
However, updates to follow.

Social distancing and facemasks as required by local regulations
PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) will NOT be provided by the club
Registration is by MSR ONLY.
Bathrooms are not guaranteed.
No lunch is being arranged.
No radios will be lent out.


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