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8-5-18
Trip to Heritage Museum of Orange County 
Civil War reenactment and Kellogg House
 
On Sunday August 5th we made a trip to The Heritage Museum of Orange County. Metters that joined in were Chris Di Tommaso, Mike Dahlberg and Tony Bilotti. Our fearless leader Ronnie had it on his to do list but got a call from his weekend dispatcher who couldn't work that day so unfortunately Ronnie had to cover. We chose this date because they had a Civil War reenactment happening that weekend. The Civil War thing is very interesting with guns, camps and period clothing. The soldiers and supporting members of the 'army's' are well versed in their rolls and seem genuine, like you've stepped back in time.
The Kellogg house was the home to H. Clay Kellogg an engineer who brought irrigation, aqueducts, dams and city plans to much of Southern California and Hawaii. One of his sons also a civil engineer went on to start the Kellogg Garden Products Co. in the 1920's. 
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The MASH tent
 
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'Old Glory' going up
 
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The 'other side'
 
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Period Weapons
 
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Chris lining up a shot
 
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The Kellogg house built in 1899
 
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Inside the house
 
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Looking up, The pole in the middle is a mast from a ship. Mr. Kellogg
loved ships and designed the house interior to look like a ship
 
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From the second floor landing looking down to the dining room
 
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7-21-18
Trip to Custom Auto Service Packard restoration Shop
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Tour of Wax Museum 
 
Saturday July 21st we met in the City of Orange to start our day of fun with the Mets.
Metters who came out were our leader Ronnie Bauman, Ken Conner, Kim Dominguez and her friend Dianna, John and Anita Fildes, Armando Reyes, Maritza and her Mom, Chris DiTommaso and Tony Bilotti. 
Our firststop was an old gas station on Main Street in Orange that is said to be the first gas station in Orange County California built around 1927. We thought it would make a good picture stop. From there we went to Custom Auto Service owned by Robert Escalante. They do 100 point Packard restorations here.  After the Packard shop we met Robert Escalante and two of his partners at a cute littls Mexican restaurant in Santa Ana where our leader Ronnie treated us all to lunch. From there we drove a couple miles to a building that a friend of Roberts has turned into a little wax museum. There are many wax figures from the old Movieland Wax Museum in Buena Park that have been saved from a trip to the candle factory.
Another great time with the Mets!!
 
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Tonys,, The pumps used to be on the left where the weeds are now
 
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Chris
 
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Ronnies
 
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Armando looking at Kens
 
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The Gas Station in it's glory days prior to 1990
 
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I think that pump says 25 cents a gallon 
 
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Going into the Packard Shop. John and Anita standing with Ronnie. John and Anitas Met to the left
 
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Inside the Packard Shop
 
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The front office
 
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The front office
 
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Welcomed to the wax museum by former President Reagan 
 
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Then we were greeted by former President Obama 
 
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We also got to meet our current President Trump
 
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And into the museum
 
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W.C. and Ronnie B.
 
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Smokey???  That's a big 10-4 good buddy!
 
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I'll get you, you sumbish! 
 
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From the back to the front of the museum
 
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Upstairs at the museum
 
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From upstairs looking towards the back of the museum 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

6-24-18
Annual Club PicNic
Sunday June 24th we had another great club picnic at Craig Regional Park in Brea.
This event usually draws the most of our members at the same time than any other event. Because of the size of the guest list I'm not going to list it here. I will give recognition to new member Bruce Paxton who made the trip from Palmdale, new members Natalie and Ken Pollard who came up from Murrieta and members Leon and Nancy Hastings who came from Desert Hot Springs. And lets not forget our fearless leader Ronnie Bauman and Mona who comes to darn near everything from downtown Riverside.
 Again we had a great turnout, great weather, great food and a great spread of stuff for our club fundraising auction.
 
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 Our spot thanx to Ken getting there at 6:15am
 
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Metters arriving and setting up
 
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The 'Jellybeans' from the hill
 
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Multi colored 'Hoodies'
 
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'Coupe De Grills'
 
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Jackie under our banners
 
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A great buffet for lunch!
 
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And a great spread for the auction!
 
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Auctioneer Ronnie and helpers, Marcia, Kim and Diane.
"Do I hear $1000.00" 
 
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One more shot of the Mets. Leon and Nancy's yellow Met at the end. They came a little late.
  
 
 
 
  
 

May 12 - 20
We took another trip to historic Crystal Cove in Newport Beach.
So Cal Metters along for the ride were our fearless leader Ronnie Bauman and his friend Mona, Ken & Judy Conner, Cindy Harris, Marcia Jones & her friend Anne, Chris Di Tommaso, Kim Dominguez & her friend Diana, Tony & Jackie Bilotti. Mike & Kim Dahlberg joined in for the fun driving Brand X because Mikes Met is having some major surgery done and we hope gets well soon. John & Anita Fildes also joined us in their Met from Mission Viejo. 
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Lined up above Crystal Cove with the Pacific Ocean in thr background
 
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 Adding color to the Crystal Cove parking lot
 
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 The tunnel under Pacific Coast Hwy. to Crystal Cove
 
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Some of the little village at Crystal Cove
 
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Downstairs for public viewing - Upstairs can be rented 
 
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People on the beach-Catalina Island in the background
 
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More people on the beach-(Marcia,Kim,Jackie and Mike)
 
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Looking north up the beach. Hilltop cottages restored. Lower cottages waiting for restoration
 
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Looking south down the beach at restored / rentable cottages
 
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The beach looking at the Beachcomber Cafe behind the American flag
 
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Cottages awaiting restoration  
 
 
 

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 Diana, 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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Kim's marquee welcoming us! 
 
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Kim's Garage 
 
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Kim's Garage 
 
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Support for Kim's TV 
 
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Some of Kim's wonderful stuff!
 
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More of Kim's 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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Diana 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 windows 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 the 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!