Classic Cruising Club
2004 Event Photos
March 28, 2004 Snoqualmie Valley Cruise
Starting point - Preston, Wa
Nestle Viewpoint, Carnation
Nestle Viewpoint, Carnation
Nestle Viewpoint, Carnation
Lunch on Lake Joy, Carnation
Our inaugural cruise began in Preston, WA on the most beautiful day of the year so far.  We
cruised north to Fall City and traveled on the Snoqualmie River Road past Tall Chief and
Carnation Golf Courses to Carnation.  West from Carnation to the Nestle Regional Training
Center (formerly the Carnation Research Farm) and north on West Snoqualmie Valley
Road to the north end of the valley.  Back down to Duvall and east on Cherry Valley Road
and up to Lake Margaret for a quick spin around the lake.  Back down to beautiful Lake
Joy for lunch.  What a perfect day.  Seven old Volvos and ten participants who all had a
great time!!
May 16, 2004 - Index/Galena Cruise
April 18th - After Magnuson Run to
Redhook Brewery in Woodinville
We got lucky with another beautiful day for a tailgate parts and swap meet at Magnuson
Park.  Afterwards six cars made a quick run to the Redhook Brewery in Woodinville for a
beer.  We got to sit out on the deck and bask in the sun.  We forgot to take pictures of us
there though!
Sunday, May 16th dawned with drizzle which tends to scare some people away from driving
their classic cars.  Not ME!  My neighbor, Dena Wilson and I set out for Monroe to the
meeting place and arrived at 9:45 to find no one else there!  However, Greg and Tam
Kauffman were at the north parking lot so we knew there would be at least two cars for our
road trip.  Gary Ramstad and Bob Hemion soon arrived so we did end up with four cars for
our cruise.  Unfortunately, the skies did not clear that day so some of the beautiful sites
(mountains) weren't in view.  But it still was a beautiful drive on backroads from Monroe to
Index with a quick stop at Wallace Falls State Park and at the little park in Index.  We then
ventured 10 miles northeast towards the old mining town of Galena.  We parked right along the
Skykomish River for lunch.   Aftet we headed back to Hwy 2 to a cafe for coffee.  It never
rained on us the entire time so you rain wimps really missed a great trip!

Gail Ritchie
Our cruise started at the Smokey Point
rest area on I-5 and continued on
backroads through Conway, past
LaConner and thru the indian
reservation.  Across the Deception
Pass Bridge and down Whidbey Island
with a lunch and rest stop at Bob
Hemion's family cabin.
June 13th Cruise to Whidbey Island
Lunch at Alder Lake
Alder Lake Dam viewpoint (above)
and Mt. Rainier viewing point (below)
August 15th Cruise to Alder Lake
Sunday dawned absolutely beautiful with temps in the 70's all day.  Our longest cruise to date brought out the fewest
cars (3).  Greg & Tam Kauffman in their 1800ES, Gail Ritchie in her 1800S and Chris Humberson on his first cruise in
his new Jag.  We encouraged him to come since both of his Volvos are not drivable yet.  We took 3 hours to get to
Alder Lake on backroads from Issaquah to Enumclaw, south to Orting then continued south past Lake Kapowsin to
Eatonville.  Then southeast from Eatonville to Alder Lake with a stop along the way to view Alder Lake Dam.  On the
return trip we took a faster route on Hwy 161 from Eatonville through Black Diamond and stopped in Maple Valley
for a beer.  All the rest of you that missed this trip missed a good one.  But, we'll repeat it next year.
Alder Lake Dam
August 15th Cruise to Granite Falls
and Beyond
Our drive started in Monroe and led on beautiful backroads, past Lake Rossiger to Granite Falls,  Northeast on the
Mountain Loop Highway (which ends by the way before it loops around Mt. Baker).  We originally planned to visit an old
mining town I had visited as a child that was still showing on the map called Monte Cristo.  After stopping for lunch at a
small park,  we came to the turnoff and found the road was permenently closed.  So we detoured to visit the ice caves off
the  Mountain Loop Highway outside of Granite Falls.  A one mile uphill hike brought us to the ice caves shown below.  On
returning to Granite Falls we also visited the Granite Falls fish ladder.  Didn't really see a fish ladder but a really great area of
the river .  A cruise where we actually got some exercise too along with beautiful scenery!