I’m Not Sure What Don is Doing, But Bob seems to be Smiling?
A smaller pre-Thanksgiving group of almost 20 cars met at the Kohl’s parking lot at 9 a.m for a scheduled 9:30 departure to parts unknown. Since Cyndee and Mike O’Brien were Corvette-less until their new 2014 car arrives in February, they asked for a volunteer to lead the run and Ken Kaufmann was happy to step up to the task. (As you will see in the photos, both Ken and Jim Homan had lots of fun making signs because Mike and Cyndee came in their Lexus.) We had several folks stop by to talk to the gang at the meeting place and one new car joined us for part of the run.
The route took us up Hwy 79 through Vail Lake, Warner Springs, and almost into Santa Ysabel, making a rest stop at the Santa Ysabel Indian Casino, where several members (Joyce with her $20, Norm who had “no luck” and a couple of others) squeezed in a few minutes on the machines. It was slightly cooler at the somewhat higher elevations, but we did not have snow as we have had on past Thanksgiving-time runs.
After the rest stop we backtracked to the turnoff on Hwy 76 westbound, past Lake Henshaw and Palomar Mountain (one of those snowy destinations of past years), and headed through Pauma and Pala making a full circle to Pechanga Parkway and into the back parking lot at Pechanga. Vickie reminded us that this was exactly the way to come for the Christmas Party in almost two weeks. Cyndee had arranged a blocked off area for us to park and a group of tables in the buffet. The group has eaten at every casino buffet in the area by now and it sure works well as there is something for everyone and as much or as little as you want.
All in all it was a good beginning to Thanksgiving week and the holiday season. We are all looking forward to the Christmas Party.