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4-21-18
Cruise to CHOCXO chocolate in Irvine
Beginning at Member Kim Dominguez' 'Kimseum'
ending at Knowlwood Burgers in Old Town Irvine 
 
April 21st 2018 we made a trip to Chocxo Chocolate in Irvine suggested by our member Chris Di Tommaso.
Metters in attendance were Chris Di Tommaso, Kim Dominguez and friend Diane, Dave Heller, Paul VanWig, Tony&Jackie Bilotti, Bridget&Mark Mills, Marcy&Randy Hetrick. We were joined by new member Mark Weitzman with his Wife and Daughter. We also got to meet Doug and Doreen that saw the outing on our website and came to see what we were all about. We expect to be adding them to the 'Member List' soon!
They make all natural chocolate products here at Chocxo (pronounced 'choczo') and the motto is 'From Bean to Bar'. They have a delicious selection of chocolate treats and a tour of the workings of the place.
We all Met at member Kim Dominguez' house for a tour of what she calls 'The Kimseum'.
Kim has got things around her place that are impossible to list here. You have to see it for yourself and even then you probably won't see it all the first time but you will be amazed!
After Kim's and Chocxo we went to Old Town Irvine for lunch at Knowlwood inside what was originally the Irvine Blacksmith Shop and a look at the hotel inside what was the Irvine Bean & Grain storage silos. The day was beautiful and all the stops were very entertaining and interesting. Another unbeatable day with the Mets!
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Kims' marquis welcoming us! 
 
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Kims' Garage 
 
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Kims' Garage 
 
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Support for Kims' TV 
 
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Some of Kims' wonderful stuff!
 
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More of Kims' wonderful stuff!! 
 
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On the kitchen wall 
 
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Very Cool!!! 
 
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even more Very Cool!!! 
 
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The Lion in the Loft and the clock works! 
 
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Diane standing in the 'Elevator Door' to the kitchen 
 
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Another room full of goodies in the 'Kimseum'! 
 
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The front of Chocxo 
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They gave away some of these when they first opened
Good for a free tour 
 
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Inside Chocxo 
 
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The chocolate making process on the walls
Through the widows is the chocolate being made.
 
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Chocolate making kitchen 
 
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More chocolate making through another window 
 
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Lunch at Knowlwood  inside the old Irvine blacksmith shop
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Inside thr blacksmith shop
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Lunch
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Now 
 
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Then 
 
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Us lined up outside the old grain storage warehouse 
 
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Looking west towards the hotel 
 
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The hotel looking east,,now 
 
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The hotel looking east,,then 
 
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Standing in a grain silo looking at doors to hotel rooms in other grain silos 
 
 
 
  
 
 
4-7-18
Cruise through Floral Park in Santa Ana to
Bowers Museum and lunch at 
Original Mikes 
 
Satuday April 7th we took a cruise through upscale Floral Park in Santa Ana. There are beautiful older houses in this area of Santa Ana. We stopped in front of a few houses for some pictures and residents came from houses on both sides of the street taking pictures of our Mets while we took pictures of their houses.
From there we headed for 'Bowers Museum' in downtown Santa Ana. There are exhibits in the museum highlighting the first Californians, Missions and Ranchos, Art of the Pacific Islands and much more.
There is a exhibit for a limited time of the life of John F. Kennedy. After the museum we drove down Main Street to Original Mikes for a terrific lunch.
 
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 Houses in Floral Park
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 Kens
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Tony's
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 Chris's
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Cindy's 
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Nice Houses!
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This was in front of one of the nice houses 
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 Us in the Bowers Museum parking lot
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the Museum entrance
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Nice Ceiling 
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An old Brandy Still
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Another great ceiling 
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Cute Girls (Jackie & Marcia) outsie the Museum 
 
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Parked at Original Mikes 
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 Jackie heading in
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Dave Heller with the Pillsbury Dough Boys Dad 
 
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From left, Ken Conner, Jackie Bilotti, Marcia Jones, Dave Heller, Chris Di Tommaso,
Mike Dahlberg looking at the menu next to Chris, Mona with Ronnie Bauman and Cindy Harris
Tony Bilotti behind the camera 
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Cindy showing where we are
 
 
 
 
 
2-17-18
Cruise to the Richard Nixon library and birthplace
 
Saturday February 17th we made a trip to the Richard M. Nixon library and birthplace in Yorba Linda California. It's the place to learn about the life and legacy of U.S. President Richard Nixon. The house he was born in is right where it's always been and they built the library and museum around it. 
The place is very nice with something to see and learn around every corner and there are lots of corners.  
After seeing the museum and the house Nixon was born in we went to Polly's Pies in Yorba Linda for a terrific lunch.
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Lighting up the streets on our way
 
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Somewhere over the rainbow
 
 
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Sky's are Blue  : )
 
 
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Were there!
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The gang going in
 
 
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Inside
 
 
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The Oval Office
 
 
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The presidential office in the air. We couldn't take pictures inside.  : (
 
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The house Nixon was born in
 
 
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The living room
 
 
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Sad, but I guess what goes up must come down
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Metters and friends 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Click here for video of the Metty Go Round with a Morris Minor

 
 
 
 
 
1-13-18
Orange County Canyons Cruise 

Saturday January 13th we took another ride throught the beautiful Orange County Canyons led by member Mike Dahlberg. Metters who came out to play were our fearless leader Ronnie Bauman and his date Mona, Mike & Kim Dahlberg, Marcia Jones, Chris Di Tommaso, Ken Conner and Tony Bilotti. It was a nice clear and sunny day and the scenery couldn't be beat! Unfortunately Ken had some trouble with his Met halfway throught the cruise and had to be towed home. He got some great pictures he went out of his way to get before he had to drop out, thanx Ken!
The cruise consisted of a trip through Santiago, Silverado, Modjeska and Trabuco canyons ending up at the Rose Canyon Cantina for lunch.
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Ken took this of us heading into the Canyons
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Then he went ahead to get this shot of us coming up the hill into Santiago Canyon
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Into the Canyons
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The 'Classics' out in full force today
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Chris, Marcia and Tony had a beer at 'Cooks" while Ken, Ronnie and Mike struggled with Kens Met
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Inside 'Cooks'
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Back to the cruise, sadly without Ken
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One of our favorite canyon lunch stops
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The patio at the Rose Canyon Cantina. LtoR Mike, Chris, Marcia, Kim, Mona and Ronnie
Tony behind the camera
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Heading back into town after another great cruise!