BBQ and Local Motoring

We enjoyed a great lunch and fun afternoon with our MINI friends, including a few long distance travelers and some welcome new faces, at our EIM Meet-n-Eat at Jimmy Jack’s North Liberty hosted on Saturday, 7/13. After a great barbecue lunch on the patio overlooking Liberty Center Pond, we headed out on a spirited drive around the Coralville Reservoir, including an excursion into the Sugar Bottom Recreation Area and a neat photo op at the spillway adjacent to the Tailwater West Campground. We topped it off with a quick jaunt back to North Liberty and some cool treats at Heyn’s Ice Cream. Our thanks to everyone who joined us!

Photos from this event may be found in our Photo Gallery and are directly accessible using the following link:

EIM Meet-n-Eat at Jimmy Jack’s North Liberty, 7-13-19

Happy motoring to all of our MINI mates heading (1) out to Salida, Colorado for MINIs in the Mountains 2019 from 24-28 July; and (2) up to Mackinaw City, Michigan for the 2019 edition of MINI on the Mack on 3 August. Please take lots of pics and don’t forget to share them!

Mission Accomplished

After being forced to postpone the traditional April Skirmish (due to snow on 4/27!) Mother Nature finally relented and gifted us with fantastic weather for the 12th EIM Border Skirmish Drive held on 6/8. Our drive began at the scenic overlook in Marquette and transited north along the Mississippi River and through the twisty roads of Wisconsin bluff country to a superb lunch and visit at the Shrine of our Lady of Guadelupe just south of La Crosse. We returned south through the southeast Minnesota bluffs and curves to our final destination of Decorah and a great capstone stop at the world famous Toppling Golieth Brewery. It ended up being a highly successful and victorious three-state skirmish. The excellent motoring was worth the wait!

Thanks to all who came out and joined us for this drive. Special thanks to the long-distance participants, most notably Jeff and Sue N. who came up from Ottumwa, Greg B. who came over from Des Moines, and Pete N. and co-pilot Andre from the far reaches of Bolingbrook, IL.

Photos from this event may be found in our Photo Gallery and are directly accessible using the following link:

12th EIM Border Skirmish Drive, Marquette to Decorah, 6-8-19

Look for a lunch GTG in the Iowa City area in early July, followed by our group’s adventure to Salida, CO and MITM 2019!

“Springing” into Another Year of MINI Motoring

Thanks to everyone for participating this past Saturday in our EIM “Spring has Sprung” Meet-n-Eat in Cedar Rapids. The great weather and excellent food and drink at the Granite City Food and Brewery brought out the MINI faithful in large numbers and a good time was certainly had by all. It was also great fun to head over to Speedeez Indoor Karting after lunch and get the competitive juices flowing!

Special thanks to Louanne & Phil N. for making the arrangements for our gathering — much appreciated. Additional thanks to the MINI of Des Moines representatives headed up by long-time EIM associate Jake M. for their presence and for bringing along the new electric MINI Countryman for our viewing and (gentle) tire-kicking.

Feel free to check out the photos from this event in our Photo Gallery. You may access them directly using the following link:

EIM “Spring has Sprung” Meet-n-Eat, Cedar Rapids, 3-23-19

Our first drive of the year is the Border Skirmish on April 27th. See you there!

QC MINI Meet-Up Recap

EIM extends its sincere thanks to Sandy & Denny B. for hosting our group again at this year’s EIM Quad Cities Meet-n-Eat on February 23rd!

Additional thanks to everyone bringing goodies to share and to Juli B. and Wendy S. for the photos. Finally, bonus points to Cindy C. and Steve & Juli B. for decorating the driveway with their MINIs on this icy day!

Photos from this event are available Photo Gallery, directly accessible using the following link:

EIM Quad Cities Meet-n-Eat, Davenport, 2-23-19

Cedar Rapids Meet-Up in March!

What a Difference a Year Makes

Last January we were strolling the dry and open parking lot in Iowa City in bright, warm sunshine and light jackets. This year’s traditional January EIM Meet-n-Eat at the Wig and Pen Pub, held on the 26th, was only for the bravest of intrepid winter travelers. Mother Nature always seems to find a way to even things out! Thanks to all of the EIM faithful who ventured out and joined us for the great food and camaraderie.

Check out more images from this event in our Photo Gallery, or access them directly using the following link:

EIM Meet-n-Eat at the Wig and Pen Pub, Iowa City, 1-26-19

Hope to see you in the Quad Cities next month!

Happy Holidays!


Eastern Iowa MINIs hopes whatever package Santa leaves under your tree — and maybe the special gift wrap it comes in — brings you much fun and joy aplenty.

To all of our MINI faithful, friends, and families, we wish you a very happy holiday season, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

Dyersville Recap – EIM’s 2018 Memories


Thanks to our motorists who braved the winter road conditions and made it out for our final gathering of 2018, the EIM Meet-n-Eat at the Country Junction held on November 17th in Dyersville. It was a blast looking back on all of the fun times and great destinations visited over this past motoring year. Superb food and fellowship, as always.

Congratulations to all of the EIM Recognition Award winners! For those interested in who might have been appropriately recognized (or teased) you may access all of the awards from this event using this link:

EIM 2018 Recognition Awards

Special congratulations to Cindy C., our 2018 EIM Motorist of the Year!

A few photos of this event may be found in our Photo Gallery and are directly accessible using the following link:

Photos from the EIM Meet-n-Eat at the Country Junction, Dyersville, 11-17-18

See you at the Wig and Pen Pub in Coralville next January!

A Waterfall-Filled Fall Tour


Eastern Iowa MINIs (EIM) and the Central Iowa MINI Club (CIMC) enjoyed another spectacular collaboration this past Saturday (10/13) as we teamed up for the 16th Annual Iowa MINI Cooper Fall Tour. This year’s drive was designed also as a tour of noteworthy Iowa waterfalls. The route began in Backbone State Park near Dundee, traversed much of the northeast Iowa bluff country, then headed west to the prairie with a finish at Beeds Lake State Park near Hampton. If you count the small, lower falls in Backbone and Dunning’s Creek spilling into the Upper Iowa River, our group enjoyed no less than 12 waterfalls along the way! While the day was a bit on the cool side, given the fact of nearly 10 straight preceding days of rain (and, as it turns out, snow on the following day!) we couldn’t have asked for much better conditions. The sun did make its presence known on occasion, providing for added highlighting of the vivid autumn colors.

Both MINI groups made a great showing and we thank everyone for making it a fun day. We especially thank the folks who came over from the Des Moines area on Friday in order to be ready to go Saturday morning. We hope everyone enjoyed the drive!

Photos of this event may be found in our Photo Gallery and are directly accessible using the following link:

Photos from the 16th Annual Iowa MINI Cooper Fall Tour, Dundee to Hampton, 10-13-18

Looking forward to #17 next year!

Apple Run Recap


After having just returned from our prior week adventure to the U.P., we were blessed once again with great weather for our traditional trip up to the Wisconsin bluff country orchards as part of our annual Gays Mills Apple Run held on Saturday, September 22. While there was evidence of the prior month historic flooding along the Kickapoo River, thankfully the town of Gays Mills appeared to be recovering nicely and the local area was bustling with visitors and activity. We managed to hit all of our favorite stops including Sunrise Orchards, the Apple’licious Pie Depot, and a returning pit stop at the Potosi Brewing Company. Thanks to all who came along and made the day so enjoyable.

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Photos from the 2018 Gays Mills Apple Run, Gays Mills, WI, 9-22-18

Great Lakes (and Mountains, Waterfalls, Lighthouses, and Twisties Too)


The EIM to the Lake in the Clouds event, our MINI Cooper adventure to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, just wrapped up this past Sunday after five incredible days of exploration and fun. Mother Nature blessed us with great weather and the sights and sounds of Houghton and the surrounding area couldn’t have been any more enjoyable.

Our Thursday drive took us west to the Porcupine Mountains (known locally as “The Porkies”) with an initial stop at the park’s visitor center. This was followed by the climb up to enjoy the view of the stunning Lake of the Clouds. We then followed the South Boundary Road around the park with a stop and short trail hike up to Summit Peak, the highest point in the park. Lunch in the town of Wakefield was facilitated by the time zone change that managed to get us in the door prior to closing time. The afternoon was consumed by our transit back to Houghton through the emerging fall colors.

Friday found us skirting up the winding roads along the western edge of the Keweenaw Peninsula. The scenic and interesting stops along the way are almost too numerous to mention, but here are just a few: the Eagle River Bridge and Falls, the Jampot monastery-owned shop, Jacob’s Falls, the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse, the beach at Eagle Harbor, the Brockway Mountain summit, and the scenic overlook along Brockway Mountain Road above the town of Copper Harbor. Lunch and shopping in Copper Harbor was followed by a transit south along beautiful, curvy US-41 and then east along Lac La Belle Road along the coast for a stop at Haven Park Falls and ultimately to the town of Gay (and its famous bar) for ice cream prior to our return trip to Houghton.

On Saturday we headed southeast along the Keweenaw Bay towards the town of Baraga and a stop at the Bishop Baraga Shrine. We then did some fun exploring around Silver River Falls located a few miles northeast of L’Anse, and followed more roads south through Alberta and Covington, and then north along Plains Road (until we ran out of pavement!). An early return to Houghton allowed our folks to break off for individual adventures. Among these included a sojourn into the deep bowels of the Quincy Copper Mine, the center of the massive copper mining industry that defined the area from the mid-1800s until the 1940s. We all gathered for our get-away meal that evening at the eclectic Continental Fire Co. in Houghton and toasted our series of fun times and another set of great memories. Thanks to all of the EIMers who were able to come along and be part of this adventure!

Photos of this trip may be found in our Photo Gallery and are directly accessible using the following link:

Photos from the EIM to the Lake in the Clouds, Houghton, MI and vicinity, 9-12-18 to 9-16-18

Looking forward to our Gays Mills drive this Saturday!

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