Hello Arizona Region, my name is Dennis Parle and my wife is Marcia, we just returned from the Treffen Lake Tahoe event. It was our first national event with the Porsche Club of America and it was fantastic!
We began our trip from Gold Canyon, Arizona, as a caravan with Mark and Angela Manente. Our first stop was the Encore Hotel in Las Vegas, where both couples managed to contribute to the local economy.
Our second day was an eight hour drive to the Resort at Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe via Highway 95. If any of you have made that drive, you know it is a very desolate area. I for one thought the speed limit was 95 until Mark reminded me that it was the highway number. Of course he had to pass me to let me know that. Needless to say, it was a very spirited drive and we enjoyed never going over the speed limit.
Once we arrived at the resort the fun really began. On Thursday, we drove to Reno in groups of twenty-five to visit The Ranson Webster private collection, one of the finest collections of all Porsches anywhere. He has a 356 from each year starting from 1949 until Porsche stopped making them in 1965. The collection only gets better from there. His poster collection, of over four hundred posters, is simply amazing. From there we visited the National Automobile Museum, also in Reno. This museum is rated by AutoWeek Magazine as, “One of America’s Five Greatest Auto Museums”. On our return to Squaw Valley, we staged the cars, around two hundred Porsches, throughout the Olympic Village near the arial tram that takes you to High Camp. A great first day, yes indeed.
On Friday, we had a street cruise halfway around Lake Tahoe to the docks, where a large launch took us on a cruise across Lake Tahoe to Emerald Bay. Lunch was served on the boat.
After our drive back to the resort, we got ready for a very well prepared Tapas and Wine dinner. The menu provided a variety of plates for tasting; Gambas Al Ajillo (garlic shrimp), Seared Sea Scallops, Chimichurri Grilled Strip Loin (my favorite), Cheese Mixto and Carmel Flan for dessert. We were joined at our table by Caren Cooper, our current PCA National President. She helped us understand the amount of effort and hard work put into the operations by the PCA National volunteers, like herself and others across the country.
On Saturday, the renowned hot air balloon race in Reno was attended by many members. Marcia and I signed up too late for this event, so we took a self-guided tour to Nevada City. This turned out to be the highlight of the trip for us (me)! Highway 49 North turned out to be the best twisty road I have been on. It gave me a real opportunity to drive my 2012 Cayman S “Black Edition” (number 334 of 500 manufactured worldwide) the way it was intended to be driven. I have to give Marcia a big attaboy for actually enjoying our spirited drive through the Tahoe National Forest.
Saturday night was the 60’s Ski Party held up at High Camp in Squaw Valley. It was a beautiful night, the meal and views were spectacular! It was a wonderful experience and we look forward to the next Porsche Club of America Treffen North America event in Austin, Texas , March 29 through April 2, 2017.
by Dennis Parle, photos by Dave Heenan and Dennis Parle