WOW!! Might I say we had a great time!!
Women Out Wheeling (WOW) had their Winter Fun & Folly club run January 23 and 24 in the Grass Valley area. Weather was gorgeous! …and there was a light snowfall on Friday which made for light fluffy snow.
We had an abundance of response beyond the 25 vehicles and a waiting list was begun. I was trying to channel Pat Bashore who did registration for the C4WDA Winter Fun Festival for years. I sure don’t know how she did it.
Pat’s mantra? …THINK SNOW!! …which worked. Thankfully, the Grass Valley 4-Wheelers, the Kingsburg 4-Wheel Drive Club, and the Sierra Treasure Hunters offered assistance which resulted in a total of five runs for the weekend. Saturday had two milder/historic runs and one snow run. Sunday had one milder/historic run and one snow run. Sunday had a storm coming on later in the day. The milder/historic run used the “flake and fly” rule of thumb and got back to town earlier than the snow run who used the “stay and play” rule of thumb. It was all good and everyone had fun.
WOW did this as a club run limiting vehicle count per run and not charging a registration fee. This way it was not an “event” and did not require permits. This is a great way for all you clubs to do runs and help out the association. Donations were encouraged and accepted both onsite and online. We also had a small silent auction to dissuade a gathering that a raffle might draw. A great big thank you for the generosity of our guests for all their donations and support of the association. COVID procedures were followed with masks, sanitizer, and social distancing. Participants were responsible for their own overnight accommodations and food. Everyone happily complied, enjoyed the runs, and were very glad to be out after a year of confinement.
It was good to see friends and make friends. There was much camaraderie, maybe even some seeds planted for an upcoming Overlander event. Let’s see if it takes root.
Many, many thanks to the Grass Valley 4-Wheelers, the Kingsburg 4-Wheel Drive Club, the Sierra Treasure Hunters, Bud and Marianne Folkers, Karen and Mark Miller for the 21 oil spill kits that were handed out, Jack for silent auction prizes, Bonnie Steele in the office, and Suzy Johnson with blasts and notifications… and, of course, my main leader extraordinaire, Jim Bramham.