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This year, like every year, our club will enjoy a 3 day wander that will lead us around “half” of Washington State.
We have enjoyed most regions and even crossed the borders into Oregon or Canada in the recent past. This year we aim for areas south of Seattle, overlapping with a fun 3 day joint club drive done earlier by AROO and NWARC.
The rustic Silver Lake Resort we’re using as base is already full but there is an option for those who want to join. There is the Mt St Helens Motel a few miles away in Castle Rock as back up. Additionally, if you don’t have the full weekend to spend, join us for day one as we wander around Mt Rainier. You choose!
We plan to gather on Saturday Sept 19 for breakfast in the town of Black Diamond at 9 AM to enjoy a meal. Just before 10 AM we’ll group up for a “driver” meeting before heading south around Mount Rainier. Along the way, we plan to stop at places like Sunrise within Mt Rainier Nat’l. Park. (Entry fee $20/car for the day. If you are 62 or over, call 800-270-7504 for a $10 lifetime Interagency Pass) Lunching at Paradise Inn before wandering west to the town of Toledo before ending our day at Silver Lake Resort 3201 Spirit Lake Hwy Silverlake 98645. Those joining for the day may turn back north along the way as time fits.
Our stay for both Saturday and Sunday nights will be Silver Lake Cabins / Hotel. This is a rustic location so don’t anticipate four star fancy. Each room / cabin have kitchenettes and standard cookware so the idea for the group is a self-made potluck dinner so bring any special tools you may want. Prefer a private evening? There are restaurants about 10 miles away if so inclined.
Sunday Sept 20 takes us eastbound on Highway 504 to explore the spectacle of Mt St Helens. This road follows the North Fork of the Toutle River which was the destructive path of the mud, water, and volcanic debris immedi- ately after the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. Views along the way get more and more dramatic as you ap- proach the blast zone. (Entry Fee is $8/person and purchased within the park.) Our first stop will be Coldwater Ridge Science and Learning Center. Next we head to the end of the road at Johnston Ridge Observatory. This is the closest drivable point to the volcano and only 5 miles from the face of Mount St. Helens. Here we can enjoy the views, facilities, and even enjoy an optional short walk on one of the trails. It is amazing to see how much regrowth has occurred and continues as nature reclaims the land after the violent destruction from 35 years before. Lunch is the challenge as they have a food truck which serves limited items. We can pack lunches and I’ll have lots of lunch supplies.
Afterwards, we head back to our hotel. Though it is an easy option to hang out, drink wine, eat left-overs, and enjoy appetizers, it may also be an option to row a boat on the lake or drop into the town of Castle Rock, which seems to close at 5PM. Dinner can be a creative option of leftovers or enjoy rural town restaurant from the list I’ll provide. Again, there is nothing too fancy in the area but that doesn’t mean they aren’t good.
On Monday Sept 21 morning, we enjoy some more backroads as we head north to Chehalis to tour a vintage motorcycle collection. Next, we swing through small towns on our way to the odd Mima Mounds preserve, then more back roads up to Mud Bay just west of Olympia. Jumping on the highway, we head to The Ridge Motorsports Track for a tour of the facility that includes a few laps around the track. We’ll even have enough time for a few laps on the new rental Karts on the new Olympic GP kart track if people are up to a little competition.
We’ll eat lunch in early afternoon before heading across the scenic backroads from Shelton back towards the Seattle area. There will be options for people to head north to catch a nice ferry or others can head southeast towards the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, wherever home is for you.
Please contact if you have any questions or ideas.
The club's October meeting will be held at Group 2 Motorsports in Se- attle. John van Rensburg the new owner of the shop, has graciously invited us to see all that is new at Group 2. We will get a tour of the facilities, a look at some interesting cars, and a rundown on the new services. Making things even better, pizza and beverages will be provided. Many of us have been to this venue before, but there is a lot that is new. Come have a look at 2600 W. Commodore Way Suite #3 in Seattle. Meeting time is 6:30. This is our annual nomination meeting (prior to our election meeting) so be sure to come and toss in your name(s) for the position that best fits. If you have political ambitions now is your big chance. If you are a current member, you can drive an ALFA and you have not been convicted of a serious federal crime in the last seven days you are eligible to be an officer.