The 2016 Southwest Regional
Shirley and I along with the Beckers, the Bowers and the Woodwards had a wonderful weekend attending the South West regional event in the Solvang Valley. We left Anaheim late Friday morning and planned on stopping at the Gardens of the World for a break in the driving. Gardens of the World is located in Thousand Oaks, which was about midway to our destination. The gardens are only a few acres but they are meticulously maintained and very serene. Admission is free and it only takes about 45 minutes to walk through. We were fortunate enough to have a relatively easy drive the rest of the way to the Anderson Inn in Buellton. Some of our group that started later were not so lucky.
After checking in, we proceeded to the hospitality suite where we were welcomed by Gerhard and Isolde. They provided an excellent selection of beverages and snacks. The rest of the evening was spent getting acquainted with members from other sections and waiting for the rest of our section to arrive.
On Saturday morning our rally master, Gerhard, gave us our rally instructions and sent us off. The rally turned out to be a very interesting and picturesque drive through the country with the usual list of questions to answer. The rally stopped at one of the local wineries where a catered BBQ lunch was provided. After lunch we were all invited to participate in a peoples choice car show. Everyone was asked to vote for the rally car they would most like to own. The rest of the day we were on our own to visit Solvang, hang out by the pool, go wine tasting, etc.
Saturday evening we had an awards banquet at the Vineyard Restaurant in Santa Ynez. All the attendees were presented with an engraved commemorative wine goblet.
Sunday morning Gerhard had arranged a private tour of the Mendenhall's museum. It was started by the current owner’s grandfather in the thirties. He had a gas station and over the years began collecting service station memorabilia. Now the collection covers an acre or two and all the collection is in separate buildings arranged in a square like old western forts.
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