Getting out with the car clubs again has been a real treat. We are once again meeting new people and enjoying our beautiful world. Last week we were able to participate in a long-planned overnight trip to Abingdon, Virginia with long time blogger friend Mary (who blogs at The Inside Stori) and her husband, plus so many more members with cabin fever that we had to split into three groups for the drive.
Skies were overcast and the threat of rain stayed with us all day. It didn’t take long to get from the meeting point into the curvy mountain roads of North Carolina.
The rolling hills of east Tennessee have lovely pastoral scenes with cows grazing.
These small roads lead past old barns and farmsteads. We were still getting some raindrops on the windshield.
For a while, we drove along the Watauga River. It is a pretty river, with many large rocks creating small waterfalls.
Arriving at Roan Mountain, the club had reserved a pavilion in the park to have our picnic lunch.
After a nice lunch and chat time, we set out north again to Virginia. The views coming down Roan Mountain were spectacular, even with the heavy fog over the mountains in the distance.
In Abingdon, we had time to walk around downtown for just a bit before dinner. This fabulous historic home has been converted into a couple of shops. There are also several museums that looked interesting, but we didn’t have enough time to see them this trip.
The stonework of this old church was wonderful.
In the center of town, a charming park with a gazebo welcomes visitors.
A pretty fountain has a lovely sculpture of a woman with animals around her feet.
We had dinner as a group at The Tavern, a historic building that is now a wonderful restaurant. We had a wonderful time, meeting new people and getting to know some more members.
A plaque on the side gives some of its history.
This was my meal, one of their signature dishes, fabulously presented. It was grilled salmon stuffed with cherry tomatoes, spinach and feta cheese, topped with grilled asparagus and served on Basmati rice. It was delicious!
We spent the night, and then headed home on our own. We wanted to go back by the Watauga river, just to enjoy its views again.
We stopped for a bit at a park on Watauga Lake. It was calm and quiet.
More scenes of wonderful old barns with grazing horses in fields.
Clouds were lifting from the mountain peaks as the day warmed up.
These older barns were tucked into the side of some rolling hills. The cow on the side was a nice artful touch.
One more scene of rolling hills as we cruised back home.
It is wonderful to live in this beautiful part of our country. We have another drive tomorrow, plus a dinner on Saturday evening. More sushi, yum! What are you doing for fun this weekend?