We had two nice late autumn drives this week, one with the Upstate MINIs, and the other with a new car club we just joined. We can socialize safely in the parking areas outside, and have a fun drive with pretty scenery. Things like this do help us keep the feelings of isolation at bay. So, we met in a parking area behind a donut shop for a nice run with the MINI club. Of course, donuts were on the breakfast menu.
We set out all in a long line. I think we had around 15 cars to start, and three more joined the caravan along the way.
The day was heavy overcast, but that didn’t stop us. I was hoping that some leaves would still be on the trees in the upstate of SC.
We drove out Hwy 11, and headed into northeast Georgia for lunch in Clayton. It was seriously foggy going over the ridge. We saw the same fog coming back through Highlands getting home that day.
A couple of days later, we struck out with our new car club, again starting out south. We like the back roads, note the sign warning of twisty curves ahead.
The day started out cold, but warmed up nicely in the sunlight. Along the way, we saw many pastoral scenes like this one. The little black dots near the tree line on the right are horses.
We drove around those pretty roads for a while, and eventually ended at Caesars Head State Park for an interim stop.
The club participation was so large, we went in two groups running about 15 minutes apart. Luckily there was plenty of parking for both groups.
On a short walk to the overlook, a placard told what was in the distance.
The view of the Piedmont of South Carolina, from the French for foot of the mountains, stretches for miles to the horizon. This is a different Piedmont from the central part of North Carolina. The peak you can see just to the right of the center, I think is Glassy Mountain.
This peak is Table Rock, with the Table Rock Reservoir below. We were going there for our picnic lunch.
Time to move on, we lined up to follow the leader.
Pretty leaves were left here and there, and winter views of mountains made the drive interesting.
More curves with winter mountain views and some bright orange leaves.
Coming down the mountain, the peaks in the distance seemed to have a lot of evergreens.
At Table Rock park, we had our lunch around a pavilion, sitting in our own chairs so we could be safely social. The great thing was that I got to spend some time with my friend, Mary (who blogs at The Inside Stori), and meet her husband. I took roast beef wraps, with a corn and tomato salad for a side dish. I got a bit of teasing from one of the other guys as I took a checkered tablecloth, cloth napkins and melamine plates too. I should have taken a photo of that.
Table Rock Reservoir is lovely. This is where we parked to see the Solar Eclipse in 2017.
As it gets colder, our clubs will all stop doing drives. We may get out on our own if a warm day comes. I just hope that next year, we’ll have a vaccine, and can resume the fun things we love to do with friends.
Are you taking any drives in your area for fun?