Paddy and I are back from MINIs On The Dragon 2014. This was my fourth year and each year I find myself "refining" what things I like to do and what things I don't.
My first year was pretty much just trying to figure out what MOTD was all about! Is it a driving event, is it a social event, or ???. Luckily a veteran MOTD "local" (Harold Hall) took me under his wing and really helped me understand what's what.
The second year, armed with my previous experience, I knew that I wanted to do more dinners and events where I could MEET people . . . since I was traveling by myself. Those that travel with a spouse/friend/group really have an advantage.
The third year, since I had done the "social" thing, I signed up for more DRIVES. I found that I needed to be more selective on which drives I take and when I take them! There are always those that think this area is a "closed course race track" and just don't use common sense when speeding down unknown roads in a group. We're in the beautiful Smoky Mountains! Slow down a bit and ENJOY them! (wink)
THIS YEAR . . . I really had a GREAT time. I did lots of NEW things that I hadn't tried before including:
- The car show (won 1st place in the Classic Mini category)
- The panoramic group photo
- The Bridal Veil Falls drive and lunch
- The Cherokee and Clingmans Dome drive
Here are a few photos (I'll put more in an album on this site)
Paddy On The Dragon
Paddy on Lake Fontana
Paddy at Bridal Veils Falls - North Carolina
Italian Job gathering at the Lake Fontana Resort
Clingman's Dome Drive (NC/TN)
Old Friends after the Car Show
Springtime in the Smokies - An early morning drive on the southern Foothills Parkway from Townsend TN over to Deals Gap, NC for a run on the "Tail of the Dragon".
Slaying the Dragon in 2012 - Deals Gap NC
Here's a shot of me and Min running the "Tail of the Dragon" nears Deals Gap, NC in 2011. For the past two years MOTD has become an annual week long trip for me. This might be too much of a trip for Paddy but maybe someday I'll take him on an excursion through the Smokies and Blue Ridge Parkway?!