Last weekend was a fun day with the Mini Cooper Club, as we drove around our beautiful mountains looking for geocaches. We did this last year too (Geocaching), and had such a good time! This year our hosts took us to different spots to look for the little caches. If you’ve not done this, you look for the caches using coordinates on a GPS. We gathered in Maggie Valley to start.
DH got this fun little ‘key’ for our car to have for the Easter parade, but the event was canceled. He put it on the car in the parking lot as we gathered, and waited to see if anyone noticed. Of course they did, and lots of pictures were taken. Cute, isn’t it?
Anyway, off we went, a line of about a dozen Mini Coopers.
Driving around the pastoral countryside, we passed lots of old barns.
We went over a river or two…
and through valleys surrounded by tall mountains.
Our first stop was at a little flea market and produce stand. I started looking around in a spot that seemed likely. Unfortunately, I was looking for a tupperware container, and the geocache was disguised.
Here it is, an artificial pine cone with a key slot on the underside. It held a long strip of paper where people had put their initials. The member that found it wrote our club on it.
I bought some fresh veggies, and a wrought iron table, and we were off again. It had threatened rain all morning, and while we were on this leg of the journey, the rain started. Our second stop was at a park with a temple, and unfortunately not only was it raining at the time, but there were hundreds of people there for an event. I stayed in the car while a couple of the more intrepid folks found a stone in a wall that had the cache. Then we were off again.
We ran in and out of the rain. At one point, I got this photo of all the cars behind us while we were stopped at a stop sign.
The third stop was near a church and cemetery. The cache seemed to be in a thicket with poison ivy, so no one wanted to go find that one.
Instead, we admired the view from the parking area. That’s Sweet Pea in the photo, one of our member’s furkids.
Off again, we went to a member’s home for a barbecue dinner with pot luck side dishes and desserts.
One more picture in the mirror as we approached the house. Yummy food, good friends, and a great day.
This has to be my favorite photo of the day. The amazing thing is I snapped it on the fly with the high speed setting on my point and shoot camera.
Have you had a fun outing or day trip this summer?
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