Second Annual Whale to Whale Tail Rally
    Saturday, March 3, 2012
    by Jamie DeRuiter, Redwood Region Member

Redwood Region's second annual Whale to Whale Tail Rallye on Saturday, March 3, was welcomed with perfect weather. Our Porsches enjoyed a day with temperatures in the 70's and a slight breeze. At about 9:00 a.m., rallye participants began gathering up at Kal's Kaffe Mocha, off of Airport Blvd. in north Santa Rosa. Twenty-eight cars were present for the run, with two new members joining the field: Chris Ostler joined us in his 2003 Boxster S, and Monte Lieberfarb had his 2000 Boxster S out for some fun. They couldn't have picked a better day for their first run. 

Rallye Master Bob Schoenherr and his assistant Anita Benzing did a fabulous job of scouting out the route in advance of the rallye. They put together a great drive that included a rallye-style question and answer sheet to challenge participants along the way, as well as a poker run to vet out who the lucky ones were amongst us. Bob took us through the rallye expectations step by step, and let us know how to find our "whale droppings" (poker cards - I'm not making this up) along the way.

We made our way through the backroads of Santa Rosa, heading toward the coast, and wound up at Duncans Mills for our second whale dropping and another chance to stack our lucky poker hands. I must admit, Bob had my son and me so distracted by his golf course riddle that we missed some of the clues we were supposed to be counting along the way. After Duncans Mills, we made our way through the sleepy oceanside town of Jenner to a designated pullout, where we got our first chance to try spotting some gray whales, with some pointers from Bob and Anita. The whales eluded us here, so we headed north to our next destination. 

Up the coast a bit more past Jenner was our next chance to stop and pick up our third whale dropping. Rested up, we again headed north toward the lighthouse. At the Sea Ranch Lodge, we stopped again to pick up our fourth whale dropping. Finally, we arrived at the Point Arena Lighthouse, where we were welcomed by the very nice lighthouse staff. For a mere five dollars each, my son and I were able to take a tour of the west coast's tallest lighthouse. The Point Arena Lighthouse sits on the Pacific Plate, west of the San Andreas Fault line. This is truly a magnificent place to view the coast and its wildlife, and just smell the ocean breeze.

With our whale droppings and our rallye sheets in hand, participants gathered together to determine the day's winners. The best poker hand was played by Sandy and Craig Steele. The winners of the route sheet questions were Becky and Mac Cranford. Richard and Margo Maxey also won a prize for most wildlife spotted.

All in all, it was a perfect day for a Porsche run. The turnout was good, the weather couldn't have been any better, the event had a lot of thought and effort put into making it special, and I could tell the people who came on the run were real lovers of life and its special moments. Thanks for sharing this special day with my son and me. It was a day to remember. I want to give a very special THANK YOU to our event planners and helpers who made this day so fun and memorable.

Jamie DeRuiter

As with last year's event, rallye participants reported that no whales were spotted during the journey to Pt. Arena. However, we did see several whales from the top of the lighthouse after most participants had already departed!--Ed.



For those who missed the whale

For those who missed the whale

Point Arena Lighthouse

Point Arena Lighthouse
(photo by Barbara McCrory

Porsche Rallye Participants

Ralle participants stop in Duncan Mills
(photo by Barbara McCrory