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Nyssa is back from her Costa Rica trip with the school and her snaps are uploaded.  Looks like she had a great time and the country is just like I remember it.  Cheers!!

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Tomorrow is the beginning of my first State-side MINI Run and I sure picked a good one!  The 2011 Blue Ridge Parkway Tour with the Tar Heel MINI Motoring Club.  I am really looking forward to how this all goes because this will be a direct comparison to MITA08.  The snaps are here and that write-up is here.

The trip started off with excitement as Kelly and I needed to drop Ms. Spit off at her service department for some TLC.  However, her battery was completely flat and left me stranded!!  Haven’t had that happen in quite some time.  Even after Kelly caught up with me in Maggie and we tried to charge Ms. Spit’s battery, no dice.  I ended up having to push start her, twice!!  After that, we were able to make it to the shop, only to find that Lenny had run off for some errands and we had to wait an hour for his return!!  O_0  Eventually, we were able to get Ms. Spit dropped off and start wandering up to Waynesboro, Virginia, the start point for the trip.  We did hit a bit of rain which was so bad, I was at the point of pulling off when if (finally) abated.

We were able to get to the kick-off dinner before they started handing out the swag and before our dinners arrived but I would’ve liked to have been able to meet some of the other folks here.  That’s for tomorrow now.  Doing a walkabout of the parking lot here at the Hampton Inn, there’s another JCW that looks almost like Maggie and a WC50 but none of them have Dutch tags, or a Nordschleife, or a Hochenheim, or a Silverstone lap tag!!  FTW!!!


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Did you have an exciting summer?  Mine wasn’t too bad.  Just moving back to the States.  And retiring from the Army.  Oh, and all of this: visited family in Tennessee, visited family in Texas, got Matt into college, picked up Maggie, and did a bunch of Home Improvement Projects.  This’ll be a long post as the fun just keeps going. Read the rest of this entry »

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Today, the Clan Tucker starts another Grand Adventure by moving back to the United States and me getting ready to retire from the US Army.  We’ve spent the last 1613 days enjoying European living and are really, really looking forward to returning to the US.  Sure, there are things we won’t miss, however, there are just as many things that we will miss.  Regardless, yet another adventure kicks off this weekend and I’m sure that it will be very exciting.  Now, if I could only find a job that does NOT require 6 to 12 month deployments on a rotating basis!!  Who’da thunk that working in the Tool Bin of Home Depot was SOOO demanding??!?!!??


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It took a while but I was finally able to get all of the photos uploaded from our last trip in Europe.  Yup, there are a lot but it truly was an EPIC trip.  I really do hate to admit it but MIUK (Maggie In The UK) was a better trip that MITA08 (details here and here).  Over 9 days we went about 1200 miles driving across Scotland, Ireland and Wales and it was Awesome!!  Here’s an example of just how great the trip was.  Happy Snaps posted and details after the break.


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Today, 17 days until we leave Europe, the Clan Tucker will depart on our final European vacation to see Scotland, Ireland and Wales.  If there was another MINI goin with us, it’d be MINIs Meet The Kings, however, for now I’ll settle for Maggie Meets The Kings!  Over the next 10 days, The Crew and I are all piling into Maggie  and are gonna see Edinburgh, Inverness, Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin, Liverpool, and some Welsh towns to get the last little bit of “culture” before our triumphant return to the United States.  This trip includes two over-night ferries, two short ferries, castles, the Glenfiddich and Glenmorangie distilleries, the Guiness brewery and the possibly the largest selection of used book stores in the UK or at least all of Wales!!  Dunno how much Intarwebz we’ll have access to during the ride but I will try to keep ya’ll posted.  Of course, we’ll take some pictures.  Lots and LOTS of pictures.


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The movers have arrived to pack up the Tucker Clan’s lootz for shipping to the States.  We spent the weekend sorting through everything figuring out what we could be without for the next two months until >we< (finally!) move back to the States.  We also started our own Clean Sweep on the House That Harry Built, finding lost things, GIANT dust bunnies and trying to find places to put the “keep here” stuff!!  Today, the Kids are in school and Kelly and I will try to stay out of the way of the packing crew.  Kinda harrowing watching strangers rifling through your bestest finds of the whole day but the anticipation is building for the big GTFO!!  More to follow, I’m sure.


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Back in the day, I’d get together with a crew of MINI owners in Germany and we’d do runs that Art had put together through the Odenwald, Schwarzwald and points in between.  A couple of times, we’d run out to the Nurburgring Nordschleife.  With Wednesday being the Dutch Liberation Day and a day off of work, Matt and I went with a couple of guys from work to give Maggie, Too her chance to run the ‘Ring.

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After much delay, here’s the trip report for our visit to Crete. It was GREAT!! For me, it was one of the hidden secrets of Europe and Crete seemed to be the Hawaii of Europe, though I’m sure there are those who would disagree.  Crete runs a close second to Sorrento as the location we’d fly from the States to see again.  This trip just about covered all of the modes of travel: Planes, trains, automobiles and boats!  Only thing we didn’t ride was animals!  The general plan for the trip was to fly in and out of Athens, take the overnight ferry to Heraklion, drive over to Rethymno and spoke out from there.  Details after the break. Read the rest of this entry »

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Since the kids had Fall Break this week, Kelly decided that we’d go down to Normandy.  Yeah, I’m a history buff and going to Normandy is right up there with going to Gettysburg.  However, I felt somewhat reluctant and it took me a while to figure why.

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