2016 Spring Fling

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What a great time it was

The 2016 Spring Fling is now in the history books, but before we leave this event  it’s time to take a look at what the event does and what fun we had both putting it together, doing it, then savoring the result.

The GYRO group got together at La Serena Motel on April 28th to start the fun beginning of course with the customary cocktails followed by some raucous laughter which always follows a few cocktails.  We have to thank our main man Roger for borrowing the Blacklake GYRO Bar which he hauls around with GUSTO to all our many events. That works to get the party started.

Always among friends…That’s GYRO!!

Governor Mike Eisner and Treasurer Ed Henderson chat about the event just prior to the arrival of the GYRO Spring Flingers.  These two Gents put together a great event, no stone was left unturned!

The Spring Fling this year featured Shopping, Wine Tasting, Golf, and the second annual “Poker Run” which was the highlight of the three day event.

The usual Suspects after the round at Morro Bay Golf Course.  A round which featured a 4 putt from the fringe by one of our GYRO Stalwarts!

The Golf is always a great time and the course was in great shape! For those of you who have been to Morro Bay GC you know why it is called the poor man’s Pebble Beach.  The views of the Pacific are spectacular and can be seen from virtually anywhere on the course.  The $48 dollar rate including cart, set up by Mt Diablo GYRO Scott Anders was not too hard to take either!!.

Dine outs that evening featured some excellent restaraunts which are plentiful in Morro Bay. 

On Saturday the whole group participated in the Poker Run, a 34 mile trek which followed the coast line from Morro Bay up to Point Conception and back.

Several businesses and Docents at some of the venues helped to make the “Run” a memorable time.  The idea is to make 4 stops and collect sealed playing cards, with the last stop being the Hotel where we stayed.  At the conclusion of the run, an official “Card Reader” pulls the winning hands.  There were prizes for the top three hands and the lowest also garnered a payout!

First stop on the Poker Run was the Brown Butter Cookie Company where some of the most unique cookies of many varieties are the specialty of the House.  This business is in the seaside town of Cayucos, a place with a lot of California coastline charm!

Lynn and Bob McGill along with Barbara and Mark Westfall showing of some of the delicious Cookies found at The Brown Butter Cookie Company on Cayucos, the first stop on the Poker Run!

Next stop on the Run was to meet GYRO’s own Carol Stave who is a docent at Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery.  Carol has been at the facility for 10 years and she gave us our own personal tour of the beaches which at the time of our visit featured well over 100 of these interesting marine mammals. They selected this are just south of Ragged Point for there breading grounds and return here every year.

Carol Stave gave us a tour and a short lecture on the Elephant Seals life style while they are at the Rookery.


After viewing the Seal Rookery and picking up the second set of cards it was off to Cambria and a Poker Stop at Lynn’s Pies in Cambria.  If you’ve been to Cambria it is likely you have stopped by Linn’s for a lunch and a sampling of their homemade Pies.  Linn’s has been a family business for many years and has helped put Cambria on the map.  After having a nice leisurely lunch the GYRO’s picked up another set of cards and headed south to Morro Bay.

On the next to the last leg of the Run we stopped at the Morro Bay Museum.  This is located at the South end of town and features many exhibits and facts about the wildlife, topography and the many aspects of Sea Life in this Coastal Town.

Morro Rock Silouette
Museum features Birds of many species

The final stop was back to the Hotel where we checked the cards for the winners over some Wine and Snacks.

That night we went to the Great American Fish Company where the GYRO’s feasted on their choice of Steak, Sea Food and or Chicken from a pre arranged menu. The service was good and the seaside views were complted with a beautiful; sunset.

Sunday Morning found all of us back togeother for the traditional Moose Milk, a few toasts and we were on our way.  Spring Fling 2016 is in the books.  Hopefully we can plan for another one of these events in 2017.