Monday, May 6, 2013

Final thoughts and pictures for MOTD 11

Well is was once again a great trip, no complaints besides some not so great weather the last couple days. While no boring it was a bit mellow this year. Especially at the fire pit, not nearly the amount of people as previous years. I will admit to being guilty of helping decrease attendance by having a fire at a cabin instead of joining in at the pit. I thing more small groups do this now.

Here is a link to all the pics. MOTD 11 pictures

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Last day

Didn't get the chance to past yesterday. It was a good day. Had some good bbq brisket. Did a little drive to Robinsville. The brewswap as usual was a fun time.  Jim McDowell president of MINI USA took some surprise pictures with my camera while I was in the washroom. He is a cool guy.
Raining on and off today and cool, it's a chance to relax.

Friday, May 3, 2013


May 3, 2013 00:27

I was just walking back to my cabin. There was a small group of people washing their cars. I washed mine today but after midnight just seems insane.

Good day today but technically didn't really do anything. I didn't even leave Fontana village. For the second year in a row we had a fireworks show. It was quite good, and very loud but in a good way.  I took some long exposure shots, they look decent on the camera screen. Hope they look good full size.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

My view

This is what I am staring at right now.

The Skyway

May 2, 2013 8:35

Not much to report. Ended up spending a good portion of the day doing the Cherohala Skyway loop. It was fun. Hoping my pictures turn out well. Almost had an incident though. When driving in a group, just because the car ahead goes does not mean you can go. I was lead car, we wanted lunch it was a tad last second when I spotted a little dinner. I knew I could change lanes and turn. The last car in our caravan (# 4) cut off a transport truck going for the turn. If you can't make the turn your group will wait.

When we got back I pretty much just hung around the village other than a couple of dam runs.

Here are a couple pictures of my GPS showing our elevation and the temperature at the start and one of the highest overlooks on the Skyway. While understand why the temp goes down, it's just neat to feel it happen.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

First day at Fontana

April 30, 2013

I made it to Fontana at noon. It was a pleasant uneventful drive. I quickly located some friends and joined them for lunch. I took a quick drive to the top of the dam. I really want to get some nice pictures this year. I think I got a few, unless it obviously bad I generally can't tell until I see them on a large screen. I did try several long exposure shots of the dam lit up at night.

Pretty much just hung out for the rest of the night. I am sharing the bunk bed room in my cabin. It's a bit scary when buddy on top moves around up there. I do have a tip for everyone. If you forget your razor, don't bother with cheap gas station razors. They don't work except for causing pain to which they are very good at. Thankfully I found a replacement cartridge in my bag. No handle but much much better than the cheap crap.

Aside from a grocery run, I have no real plans today.

Mostly using my camera for pictures but here is a phone pic.

Screw the weather man

May 1, 2013 00:29.

Well I am still having a great time. This morning I went to Robinsville to get groceries. It was a but foggy out. Being a mountainous area at one point you climb pretty high. At this higher elevation the fog had cleared. I stopped at the lookout. The view looking down at the fog was amazing.

I returned to the cabin at made some breakfast for my cabin mates and I. Country eggs Benedict, basically eggs Benny on a biscuit. After breakfast my cabin mates were heading to town for their supplies. I hung around Fontana for a bit then decided to go explore. I had planned to check out a road that has a great overlook but could not find it anymore. Oh well found a very nice area instead.

Got back, made my make pie for the spaghetti dinner and lounged around the village with various people. At dinner, our host Kattie whom had requested the maple pie missed out. I really should have saved her a slice. The rest of the evening was once again spent hanging out with various people, new friends were made.

As for the title of this post well it's simple I just don't care anymore about the forecast. Just before heading out we were told it would be around 21 and rainy. Today was 25 and mostly sunny. This forecast changed a few times before I even got here. Sure I care what the weather is, today was great, rain would have sucked. The thing is forecasts simply aren't accurate enough and for an event such as this well I am here anyway. I might as well not get worked up over weather I can't change especially if it does not even go as predicted.