May 17th was the annual Spring Cruise for the Santa Cruz Woodie family and it was also the National Drive your Woodie Day. For this years cruise we headed down to San Juan Bautista which is the home of one of California’s original Missions. On this weekend the annual Bar-B-Q Rib Cook-Off and Craft Fair was also being held in the down town area. We may be Santa Cruz Woodies but our woodie family comes from near and far. One group started off from Santa Cruz and drove up over the beautiful Mount Madonna Pass to the meeting place in Gilroy. Others traveled from the Central Valley over to Gilroy and another group came down 101 from San Jose. In Gilroy everybody joined up for the cruise into San Juan Bautista. The long distance award went to Ron and Kathy Meyer who drove all the way down from Auburn, CA to join us for the Cruise. Special arrangements had been made for us to park on the grounds of the Mission under the shade of pepper trees, some of which may have been as old as the Mission itself. From there it was a short walk into town where there was antique shopping, a craft fair and enjoying the great smell of the Bar-B-Q cook off. We passed up the Bar-B-Q and headed to Donna Esters mexican restaurant where space had been reserved for us on the patio for lunch and Margaritas. There was time after lunch to again wander the quaint streets of San Juan Bautista enjoying the antique shops and craft booths. From hand made jewelry to vintage glassware to ahooga horns for our Woodies we all walked away with special treasures to remember the day. Back at the mission there was time to relax and enjoy each others company while deserts of fresh pie and root beer floats were served. All in all a great way to end another wonderful Spring Cruise and celebrate National Drive Your Woodie Day.