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