The Driving Season Begins!

by Bren Hirschberg

The Driving Season arrived on May 5th with the first-of-the-season Arrive and Drive. The “May-gical Mystery Tour," led by my wife Shannon and I, was blessed by the Porsche gods with perfect driving weather and started with a short history lesson by Bren on Lake Billy Chinook, our destination. Billy Chinook was a Wasco Indian scout who gained fame with the Fremont expeditions of 1843. The lake created by the Round Butte Dam in 1964 was named for him.

35 Cars with eager drivers and copilots were divided into 2 groups for the tour. Our tour led us “the back way” to the lake, and most participants experienced roads they never knew existed! Once at the lake, we took a ride on the lake edge road, across a narrow bridge and out to "the Island," which is not really an Island, more of a peninsula, and not really a peninsula, more of a mesa….oh,well its really cool anyway. Then back to the Lake Marina for rest and cookies stop.

Refreshed, we continued on around the East side of the lake and up to Madras, catching the highway back toward Prineville for a backroads drive home. Once back at the Cascade Village 20 of us stayed to enjoy a Cinqo De Mayo lunch at El Rancho Grande and socialize. The driving season is off to a great start! Thanks to all who participated for a fun day!

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