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Old 01-16-2006, 06:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 3rd Annual NorCal Meet - May 13, 2006

Is it too early to start planning? We're looking to follow mostly the same (but slightly improved) format as last year with a gathering & dinner the night before for those visiting from out-of-town, and a drive the next day.

There will be two groups:

1. Touring and Tasting group - we will start in Petaluma and have a pleasant drive, occasional stops at wineries, a lunch break to refresh, and an enjoyable tour of the Napa and Sonoma valleys ending at Lake Sonoma near Healdsburg at a BBQ location.

2. Drivers Group - starts in Petaluma as well, but at a separate "launch point". Not for the faint of heart, the weak of stomach, or people who believe they are driving fast when they're @ or below the speed limit.

This will be an enjoyable quick-paced tour. There will be basic stops for fuel at predetermined locations, a short lunch break (read 30 minutes or less), and a LOT of backroads to be explored. The route itself is still being planned out for the least travelled roads in Northern California including Marin, Sonoma, and Mendocino Counties. This will be for those of you NOT concerned about expending a little fuel while having fun. Because of this, there will be NO STOPS FOR WINE TASTING!! Also, because of safety concerns, please no children (I'll relate the story behind that, if you want to hear it) in the Driver Group.

The drivers group will end at the same park for the BBQ, hopefully not too far ahead/behind of the touring group.

There will be a $10/person charge to cover the catered BBQ and park fees to help offset the costs.

BTW, this IS open to Subarus of different varieties, but we are catering to the Foresters, SVX's and the Legacies in particular.

So far we have:
  • GeorgeofSacramento - touring
  • The Wraith ?? - drivers
  • silverghost - touring
  • Jackhammerhb - goat trail runner
  • ferretboy - turbo smackdown artist
  • eltobol (Chris & Lorena) - touring
  • keyser soze - marathon drivers
  • Cisko - drivers
  • Eclipse - drivers
  • Elmhurst - touring
  • Northwest Tan - drivers
  • pieboy - drivers
  • RallySTI - drivers
  • SKSTI - drivers

Please feel free to post here if you want to be added, or if plans change.

BTW, for those of you who want a hotel room for Friday/Saturday nights, please let us know early. We're planning on starting the meet around 8am, and after 7-8 hours of driving, you may want to consider a hotel for the night before, and the night of the event, so you don't have too much driving to do afterward.

If you need a hotel room, Roo has set aside a block of rooms at the Inn Marin in Novato at a $99 special rate. Simply call and tell them that you have a group code. The code is: SUBU, and that code will get you in at the group rate.

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Old 01-16-2006, 07:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It was soooooo much fun last time. :) I couldn't decide which was better, the scenery or the company. Both were top-notch! Let us know the particulars as I'd love to repeat the adventure. Would non-Forester guests (wrx or Legacy) be welcome?
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That date works for me. Looking forward to it.
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Would non-Forester guests (wrx or Legacy) be welcome?
Of course, all Subies are welcome! :)

Some pics from last year:


















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This is just about the same time as my birthday... Maybe I should take the time off from work and roll up for this. :idea:
Just not sure if my X can keep up with all those XTs...? :oops:
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This is just about the same time as my birthday... Maybe I should take the time off from work and roll up for this. :idea:
Just not sure if my X can keep up with all those XTs...? :oops:
I bet my birthday is closer to the date...

Oh, wait...it IS on my birthday!! WOOHOO!!! Come on guys, coming out to this event would be the most awesome birthday present!! Just showing up to this is a present enough for me!!
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Just not sure if my X can keep up with all those XTs...? :oops:
Of course it can! There were lots of NA's last year, and ferretboy didn't have any trouble keeping up with the XT's even in the fast group. The roads are twisty enough that straight line speed is pretty meaningless.
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I'd also like to hear any suggestions or ideas you guys might have, places or sights you would like to see included on the drive, etc. So far nothing is etched in stone as far as the itinerary goes. I thought it might be nice to take the touring group into a completely different direction this time, maybe into the Napa Valley?
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I want to..but I wont jinx it by saying I am. If I do, i'll get a job on that day!
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This sounds like a great event. Nice pictures from last year. Count me in.
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Also, i'll go as long as Roo doesn't handle my meet. Pun intended.
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Also, i'll go as long as Roo doesn't handle my meet. Pun intended.
I'll just simply send you down the trail toward the Wohler bridge (local hangout for "butchers" of a sort)...



and since you're NahdaDamdyke, that would make you a ....butcher??????
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No butcher herrrre! (In my best Scottish accent) Actually I guess I am sort of a lesbian trapped in a man's body.
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I would love to do this again, had a blast last year and am hoping to bring my son this year. He just got his learners permit so I have a designated driver for the dinner the night before, Yayyyyy. Keep us posted.
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Awesome, looks like we might get much of last year's crew together again!
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