Visiting a Gem Mine and Driving Diamondback

Summer is definitely here!  The milder temperatures mean another car club outing.  We now belong to three clubs, so there is something to do almost every weekend!  Our Appalachian Mountain Minis club was joined by the Upstate Minis club from South Carolina for an outing last weekend.  We are members of both clubs.  It was …

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Geocaching with the Mini Cooper Club

Yesterday was clear and warm, a wonderful day for a drive and we joined the Appalachian Mountain Mini Club for a geocaching event.  One of the requirements for the club is the Mini has to have a name.  So, with our red one, DH liked the name Calienté.   Of course, I had to take that …

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Easter Hat Parade with the Mini Cooper Car Club

One of the most wonderful things about living in western North Carolina are the small towns and the fun things there are to do with every holiday, and most weekends through spring, summer and fall.  Every year on the Saturday before Easter Sunday, the small town of Dillsboro hosts an Easter Hat Parade, marching all …

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Happy Thanksgiving and Some Autumn Views

Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers and friends!!  This morning, I will be enjoying parades and hot coffee in my flannel jammies with DH.  Breakfast is baking and filling the house with the aroma of sausage, eggs and cheese.  Later will be football games, and phone calls to family out of state.  Turkey will be …

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Autumn Hike on Fryingpan Mountain

This weekend the colors on the Blue Ridge Parkway are finally reaching their peak, and are past peak in the highest elevations.  Friday was going to be clear and comfortable for hiking, so we thought it would be the perfect day to see the lookout tower on Fryingpan Mountain.  Driving up the Blue Ridge Parkway …

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Driving the Devil’s Whip

Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day, warm and clear, the best time to take a car club drive.  This time the drive leader had us meet in Swannanoa for an event that was supposed to be two weeks ago, but was postponed.  We drove as a group from Swannanoa to Old Fort, and then formed …

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Driving the Blue Ridge Parkway

We love driving the Blue Ridge Parkway, and these pictures are from a drive we did last July. There are a number of neat tunnels on the parkway, fun to honk the horn as we go through with our car club.  I haven't shown the tunnels before, so now is a good time to show …

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First Drive of the Season

Warmer weather has come, and we eagerly anticipated the first drive of the season with our car club yesterday.  We weren't the only ones, seems like a lot of members had cabin fever, and were glad to get the cars out. That is our blue TVR on the left. We met up at a parking …

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Blue Ridge Parkway Progressive Drive

Saturday, the British Car Club got together for a fun drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  We call it a Progressive Drive, and it is an idea I came up with a few years ago to mix up participants during a drive.  When everyone is in two-seater cars, it is hard to get a lot …

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Hiking Graveyard Fields

Taking a break from everything is easy here, with the Blue Ridge Parkway just minutes away.  It took about 45 minutes to drive up to Graveyard Fields yesterday for a mind-clearing hike.  We are so lucky to live where a vacation set of mind is literally a short drive away.  We have wanted to hike …

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Blue Ridge Drive July 2014

We did a drive with our car club yesterday.  The weather was just perfect, a beautiful sunny day in the 70s.  The recent rains had cleared the air and the views were spectacular off the Blue Ridge Parkway.   We met in a parking lot near the entrance to Pisgah Forest. This was a Progressive Drive, …

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