On Saturday, May 12, 2018, 18 Miata's from the Bay Area Miata Association rallied at Blvd Coffee of Almaden at 9AM. Several of us enjoyed their delicious coffee and yummy breakfast sandwiches.
After welcoming a couple of new members, we ascended to "The Cube" atop Mount Umunhum. We circled the Miatas at the top for group aerial photo. We marveled at the views of the San Jose area but the fog covered Santa Cruz which was a marvel of it's own.
We drove back down Mount Umunhum into New Almaden and crossed the South Valley through the Coyote Valley and back up the other side on Metcalf Road passing the Old United Technology rocket fuel testing site.
We enjoyed lunch at the at Beach Hut Deli before setting out for Mt Hamilton.
Unfortunately, a couple folks had to leave after lunch, the remaining 15 cars made our way to Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton. Once at the top we enjoyed a fascinating docent talk at the 36-inch refractor telescope.
The rest of us had heard a rumor that the road to Livermore was closed until 4PM for construction. It was about 3:30pm when we left the top of Mt. Hamilton. Half of us took the chance to wind our way down the back of Mt Hamilton and through San Antonio Valley. The rest called it a day and headed back down the front of Mt. Hamilton and home.
Our gambled payed off and the road was open by time we reached the construction area. We arrived in Livermore via Mines Rd, said our good byes, and drove off into the sunset.
See you at the next one!
By Kirk Wilson (with edits)