Had a total blast. Thank you all so much for the great fun. I speak for both Nataly and I when I say that it was a pleasure meeting everyone (and seeing the "usual suspects") and blasting around on the twisty canyons.
The weather was fair, the temperature was nice, save the windchill factor, and the burgers were delicious. There was no shortage of food and even though I ate nothing in the morning, I still could not enjoy all the food like I wanted to. Stealing a line from AMPM - Too much good stuff.
The day started out great. Nataly was worried about her hair not being dry for the run, so I dropped the top down on the SLK and said "Oh trust me... don't worry." Needless to say, bolting down the freeway 15 minutes late, her hair got dry. It was great to see everyone there, including a couple of new faces, Ken and Heather! Fancy meeting you both. Love your '99 SLK. Nataly says she likes it a lot, too.
As we head out, Nataly points out that this is a familiar road, and it was the path we drove up on our very first date.
In fact, the summit was already marked in my GPS as "FIRST DATE." Found that interesting, and since I knew the road well at NIGHT.... I could only imagine the skill during the day, so I decided to take it for a little ride. Boy was it fun. It was nice to see what the road actually looks like during the day. Beautiful mountain lines and the like. It was amazing. Couple of spots we nearly lost our tires, and I nearly clipped a "Suburban" on a sharp turn, but it was fun none the less.
Later down the line, I decide to play around with Pablo a bit since I figured he was going to take a certain path, and I overtake his car on a straightaway. Just as I'm about to make a left turn onto the only major street where I FIGURED he was going to turn, Pablo pulls a fast one and takes the rest of the group on a small off-road path, putting me back in the end. Very clever.
When we got there, we were followed by Dan in his SLK as we were waiting for the parking guard to let us in. After a bit, we met up with John in his beautiful light blue SLK. Pablo, being Pablo, blasts ahead and ditches all of us to play a game of cat and mouse in the park's parking lots. We ended up spinning around a summit-height parking lot looking for him, and came out and went even further down. We finally spot him, head in to park, and proceed to unload our "spoils."
The lunch was fun, delicious, and just all around great. After some culinary lessons about how to make holes, we finally got the burgers cooking, and proceeded to eat some delicious burgers.
After that, the weather opened up a nice large hole in the sky to give us some beautiful sun and sky - just enough to enjoy a nice boat ride led by our Captain Todd (so sorry for stepping on your seat. It's a lot harder than it looks.) I must say - one of the most fun experiences I've had in a while. Standing up in a boat traveling 30MPH is much like driving a convertible driving 100MPH - except there's a lot more bugs in your teeth. Yummy. Nataly stood up as well, and at those speeds, her hair was flying back like crazy. It almost looked like her head was on fire (she has red hair.) Again, thank you Todd for the great boat ride. I now know what my NEXT toy is going to be.
All in all, an amazing time. Thank you all for making that day so much fun. Nataly also had a great time, and I'm glad she's going to be joining me on future runs.
THANK YOU SO MUCH! Soooooo much fun and I can't wait for the next one.