kites

Struggles with kites

Kites

Ray has technical difficulties with his kite.

Park in Winters

Rotary Park in Downtown Winters, CA
Mendocino Tour -- November 2013

Steve McCrory  by Steve McCrory, Redwood Region Member

A long standing tradition for the Sacramento Valley Region (SVR) is the annual Mendocino Tour, led by Rik Larson it is three days and two nights of great scenery, challenging roads, and renewed friendships with fellow Porsche enthusiasts (36 cars and 72 people attended). The tour started at Niello Porsche in Rocklin, stopped by Winters to gather the rest of the SVR members and headed over to Geyserville via Highway 128. 
A long standing tradition for the Sacramento Valley Region (SVR) is the annual Mendocino Tour, led by Rik Larson it is three days and two nights of great scenery, challenging roads, and renewed friendships with fellow Porsche enthusiasts (36 cars and 72 people attended). The tour started at Niello Porsche in Rocklin, stopped by Winters to gather the rest of the SVR members and headed over to Geyserville via Highway 128. 

Ray Fiore and Victoria Pouches led the Redwood Region group starting in Geyserville. With SVR following, we drove up Highway 101 through Cloverdale, back to Highway 128 through Boonville for lunch and wine tasting at the Handley Cellars organic winery. located in the beautiful Anderson Valley.  

Some people stopped in Boonville to get a growler (no, "growlers" are not a canine adoption agency, but a chance to sample local beers in larger containers). Anderson Valley Brewing Company has been Bahl Hornin' (good drinking) since 1987. The growler was sighted again along with bottles of wine at the social hour Friday night in the Larson room. Visit the brewing company website for an explanation of the local language, Boontling.

Saturday's choices included a round of miniature golf, kite flying on the Mendocino headlands, shopping, or just relaxing and listening to the sound of the ocean waves from the balcony of the hotel. Winds on Saturday were quite strong as evidenced by the kites and hats that went flying out of control. 

Prizes were awarded at the Saturday night social for both minature golf and kite flying. Barbara McCrory won the prize for smallest kite and Victoria Pouches won the perpetual "putter" award for her score of 99.

Ray also organized the Saturday night dinner at Silver's at the Wharf in Noyo Harbor along with a fine selection of wine to complement dinner - Husch Vineyards Chardonnay or Barra of Mendocino Pinot Noir was served.  
   
Sunday found some sleeping in or staying another day -- others got up early enough to go to the Fort Bragg Grange where its historical pancake breakfast is served the first Sunday of every month...can't wait until next year!

photos by Barbara McCrory, Redwood Region Webmaster



Who knew kites came with wind speed warnings?

Noyo Harbor and Boat

Dinner coming in on the boat in Noyo Harbor


Porsche and kite

Some found it easier to stay in the car with the kite

kite

Despite best efforts sometimes the kite escaped