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HOSTED BY RAY & JUDY AND CURT & DARLENA

Hats off to Ray and Judy McIntosh and Curt and Darlena Stevens for taking us on a ride!

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McIntosh, Ray & Judy Stevens, Curt & Darlena

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Another One For the Books
 Mystery Lunch Run
 November 29, 2015

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The pumpkins have been carved and then turned into pumpkin pie as we moved from the short Halloween Run to the slightly longer Thanksgiving Run. After The Priebes and Clarks outdid themselves with a long drive in September, the McIntoshes and Stevens tried to beat their record. Never say “we never go on long lunch runs” again!

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It is always an iffy proposition to plan a lunch run over a long holiday weekend. This was not Ray and Judy’s first time at bat for this duty, but with Curt and Darlena’s aid they pulled off another success. First of all, you can never tell how many people will be available and able to attend with everyone’s extended families to juggle. Then, you can never count on the weather. One year we ended up in ice and snow on Mount Palomar and Al Hackworth had his moment of fame on the television newscast as we tried to push cars off the ice and up the road.

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The forecast for 2015 was cold and possibly rainy, but instead turned out to be warmer and incredibly clear and sunny than expected. Finally, you try to find a restaurant that will take up to 50 folks for lunch on the Sunday of a holiday weekend….and has parking for all the Corvettes that come along with the group as well. (Actually, you try to find a restaurant for our constantly growing group on almost any 4th Sunday of a month. This is why we need everyone to RSVP, so we don’t surprise ourselves or the restaurant staff as we go from XL to XXXL in size.)

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We had 30 cars and 54 drivers and navigators leaving the Kohl’s meeting place at 9:30am. Tony and Corina found us on the website and joined the fun in her dream car, a yellow Corvette. We hope they will be new members for the new year. Dave Wilensky, a new member who brought his brand new car in October, brought his wife, Ellie, as well this time and we look forward to seeing her lots in the future. Rick and Donna DeMarco who joined COTV at our November meeting and come from the San Diego Club brought their 2001 Pewter Coupe. Fred and Tyler Fox brought Mo along for her first MLR – how lucky for her it was such a long ride with so many tight curves. We hope it didn’t deter her from joining us next time. We promise that not all the rides are that tricky! Skip Hipp and Terry Converse came solo as their wives had other plans. Steve Glenore was also a single. Norm Craig put in his winter appearance as boating season comes to an end. The Webers were a family of three as Joan Crawley, Daryl’s Mom and COTV’s senior member, is here for 6 weeks for the holidays.

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The route for the ride was convoluted to say the least as we wound through Pechanga and Pala, Rice Canyon, past the Lawrence Welk resort, through southern Riverside county and into northern San Diego county. We thought we might have been headed to Bob and Monica Clark’s for lunch, but she didn’t sound like she had prepared for 54 hungry folk. Our mid-run potty break was at the Double Peak Park in San Marcos, with unbelievable views out over the hillsides all the way to the ocean. It was the first time there for possibly everyone but Ray and Judy.

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After a group photo at the Park’s amphitheater, we headed out through the Elfin Forest (how romantic does that sound!) and on into San Diego territory. We took a slight detour on the 15 Fwy southbound, but then got back off onto surface roads, seeing freeway only in the distance. Some of the route was difficult to negotiate with 29 Corvettes and Daryl’s not-a-Corvette, so we had several stops to regroup after we lost formation through lights and stop signs. Finally, with stomachs growling fiercely, we made the last turn at the last signal and pulled into the parking lot at San Diego’s Montgomery Field. 

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Our group took over the patio at the Mexican Bar and Grill for a Mexican buffet of rice, beans, cheese enchiladas, the makings for beef/chicken combo fajitas, flautas, and very good guacamole. Looking around the many tables, we didn’t see anyone going hungry and boy, COTV knows how to eat, whether it be Mexican, breakfast brunches, or just about any meal.

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We all headed our own ways home after the meal and many goodbyes and promises to see each other at the Christmas Party next Sunday and the Toy Run on the following Sunday. It is almost the end of 2015, so we hope to see all of you some more and then we get to plan for 2016!

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