As George Hatfield, YOS Membership Chair put it, “The three day trip to Clearlake and the Coast was a perfect embodiment of the PCA motto “It’s not just the cars, it’s the people!” Phil Harris, “… I just want to let you know that Gloria and I had such a great time on our first PCA outing. It was nice to get to know people of like kind interests. This was my first experience,even though that we have owned Porsche’s for most of my life.” It was a great time to get to know everyone better. Indeed!
The tour was sold out, twice. It was initially sold out with all nine cabooses spoken for when one traveler had to drop out, then, BOOM, John and Barbara Wesley raise their hands and we were sold out – again!
We gathered at Panera Bread off 8-Mile Road for introductions, Chuck’s briefing about the route and details and, of course, the mandated “safety briefing”. We distributed our region’s radios (I think we have five now with a couple donated by Hatfield) amongst the group, and assigned Chaisson’s “racing yellow” Cayman as “sweeper” (Chuck said that Don’s “Double Yellow” is easy to see at the end of the conga-line so its easy to know if everyone is together).
With every car gassed up and everyone signed off on the “release”, off we went. The drivers had a good time while “behaving” w/r to the posted limits and the “navigators” had to watch the road for, sort of a scavenger hunt that Chuck and Jennifer worked up to keep them involved.
The first stop was overlooking Lake Berryessa. Nice to see all the lakes and reservoirs up to almost capacity. And nice to see that the rest rooms were well maintained by the Park Rangers!.
Then through some lovely windy and gently rolling hills arriving at the Featherbed B&B in the late afternoon. Chuck had arranged with June, our hostess from Featherbed B&B for our arrival, already checked in. We just got our keys and off to our “rooms” to relax before a short walk to our restaurant for dinner. Yes, we YOS members do enjoy getting together for a feast!
After a nice drive, a bit of wine before dinner and dinner, Day One was done!
Day 2 was going to be the “big” day…( especially since day 3 was just the return “home” by a simple route, as it turned out. More later on that). The route was to take the tour out to the coast for lunch and return by another/different route to the B&B. Then, we were to be treated with a BBQ by Featherbed. Stay tuned for photos on “that” party!
Although Day One had some very nice driving roads, the day was mainly to “get to” Clear Lake. Day Two’s focus was more the “roads” and driving experience.
And that will be the next installment of our report!
(OK, I didn’t get the full report done in time before I headed off for a river cruise. I’ll probably have to finish the report when I return. D Chaisson, webmaster).