‘Speedway in Lights’

Jason and I started a new New Year’s Eve tradition last night, a trip to the Bristol Motor Speedway to see Speedway in Lights.

The event, which now is in its 17th year, supports the Bristol Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities. Last year the event raised $712,000,which helped 87 different agencies. So far Speedway in Lights has raised more than $7 million.

It was only $12 a car to enter. The nice thing about the lights is you could view them through the comfort and warmth of your own car. We also listened to Christmas music as we drove along the guided path.

When we first entered, we drove on a portion of the Bristol Dragway entrance, where we saw lights that portrayed the 12 Days of Christmas. After driving a little more, we entered the ETSU Natural History Museum of Dino Land. There were many dinosaur lights that moved.

IMG_0878The volcano was by far my favorite in Dino Land.

As we made our way through, the lights were broken down into different categories, which was kind of neat. The majority of them also had movement.

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This one was neat, the movements of lights showed the car racing before the crew came out to work on the car.

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Jason’s favorite part was driving on the actual Bristol Motor Speedway track where there were more lights.  Although we were only going 15 mph, the grin on his face was priceless. It was quite the experience to drive up the bank, well just a little bit, . . . I have to admit it kind of made we want to go back to the track during an actual NASCAR race.

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After driving around the track you could stop and park. They had some rides for the kiddos, as well as many vendors selling goodies. There were also two fire pits going giving individuals the opportunity to buy marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers.

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 After we left the track we stopped at a fireworks store and puchased a few different kinds. Yep, we definitely started another tradition . As the clock struck midnight we lit the fireworks and watched the black sky light up with color.

New Year’s Eve was an amazing day, one filled with new memories and tons of laughter. I’m very excited to see what the New Year has in store for us. If it was anything like 2013, we are in good hands.

A single leaf

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The past few weeks my front window has been covered with leaves when I get in the car.

This morning before I left for the gym, one single leaf greeted me. It caught my attention, especially with the backdrop … some bare trees and some with leaves.

Nature will always grab my attention.