Last event on Mini Takes the States, a short lab around Richmond International Speedway and then I break away. The people have been the real pleasure in this – the driving is nice, but the stops along the way where everyone is happy has been rejuvenating.
My second day with my thousand new Mini-owning friends had us driving from Charlotte to south of Richmond. With a few hours to myself, I decided to visit the Petersburg National Battlefield to do a little historical sight seeing.
I was surprised to find so many people there, most of them younger and without parents. Then I figured it out – they were all playing Pokemon Go. At a historic battlefield.
That’s the giant crater caused by Union soldiers tunneling under a Confederate post and detonating 8,000 pounds of explosives.
One from the road, somewhere in North Carolina.
Whoa. This morning, I was surrounded by more than 900 Mini Coopers. And then we all went for a drive, Atlanta to Charlotte. The temptation to just show massive amounts of cars is strong, but here’s a few scenes along the way.
A little rain and those campus grasses went upright again. For now.
A new adventure in a few days – I’m going to spend three days with hundreds of other Mini Cooper owners for Mini Takes the States. I’ve gone way over the edge here …
The campus has some lovely tall grasses, but it’s time to do some trimming, folks.
I spend a lot of time on our back porch – morning coffee, evening reading, many hours just pondering as I stare off into the back woods. This morning, that view changes, radically and abruptly.
Thirty feet up, a limb snapped on a calm, sunny day and came crashing down on to the kids’ trampoline. Summer limb loss, the arborist says. Maybe an overextension.