7 No 2
May 29, 2005
doesn't make much difference when you decide to take a trip down Highway 1, rain
or shine it still is probably one of the most beautiful rides any place on
The Memorial Day weekend was probably not the best time to go motoring, but believe it or not, the traffic was not as bad as we thought it might be. It was a great day.
We mustered at the Bank of America parking lot at the Crossroads around 10:00 AM. One by one everyone started to show up. Here was Dick Gibson in his beautiful JAG convertible. We let him tag along since he was in a British car after all. So the Obbinks, Vandergrifts, Dick Gibson, Jackie Dombrowski, Ferlitos, and Gibfrieds all headed south.
You are always prepared for something to go wrong on one of these trips but there were only had two minor problems. We had some walkie-talkies for everyone to use and soon we heard the Vandergrifts telling us they smelled something burning. So off we pulled. Turned out it was nothing except some hot brakes from someone else and with the tops down you heard and smelled everything.
we came upon Hugo Ferlito at hurricane point.pulled off to the side of the road.
It seems his hat flew off and as luck would have it the hat was in the parking
We pulled into
Judy, I went on the internet, and found out some interesting history about the "Waterfall House"...yes, that is its name, and it was actually owned by Lathrop and Helen Hooper Brown. Helen named the land around it after Julia Pfeiffer Burns, her very dear friend. If you want to read more, go to the Helen Hooper Brown website, and also go to the Julia Pfeiffer Burns website. There is more about the State Park trails on that website, but it does talk a little about McWay Fall. The Helen Hooper Brown site has more info. The history of the house isn't as "romantic" as I thought it to be. It was torn down in 1965.
When Helen Brown deeded the Saddle Rock Ranch property to the state is was with the understanding that the house was to become a museum for Indian relics, flora and fauna. If it was not turned into a museum five years after the deeding, it was to be torn down. Guess no one wanted to bother with a museum there so down it came in 1965.
For some it was back into the cars and head for home. The Gibfrieds and Vandergrifts stayed back to walk some more of the trail to the south of the park entrance. The ride home was very windy and a lot cooler on the way back but again a beautiful ride.
another note this month signals the departure of a very good
friend, a loyal
club member, and a renown expert on antique cars. Paul and Emily Woudenberg are
leaving the area for their new home in