We’ve had several drives in our beautiful mountains in the past few days. Although the weather is too warm for me in the afternoons, the mornings have been delightful. On this day, we gathered with our Appalachian Mountain MINI group in west Asheville for a nice drive and lunch.
The route took us past lovely pastoral views, with old barns and fields.
With the mountains looming ahead of us, the roads became tree lined and more curvy.
Another barn with two levels was on the right. I didn’t manage to get a photo of the barn quilt block that was on its left side, as we were past the barn when I glimpsed it and around another curve before the camera could focus.
Here we noticed rows of crops on the right, but I couldn’t tell what was growing. Might have been vegetables, or a second crop of corn. The little farmhouse was charming.
Our destination was a member’s home. Their property has this waterfall on it.
Our host has a wicked sense of humor. He put this sign up on the road, with a small pullout for cars to stop and read, and enjoy the waterfall for a moment.
A few days later was a drive with the Upstate MINI club, meeting in Travelers Rest, SC. That’s our MINI on the left with the British flag side mirror covers.
We were headed west, out to Cashiers. Many tree lined roads on this run, but not a lot of mountain views.
An old building that is showing its age is still in service as a retail store.
I look for opportunities to get photos of as many cars as I can into one shot. Here I got ten in front of us.
Then two behind were captured in the mirror.
On Tuesday, we made another run on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and I didn’t realize I had left the camera at home until it was way too late to go back for it. I was too involved in making our picnic lunch and just forgot to put it in with the things to pack. I made chicken salad wraps for us, with canned chicken, dried cranberries and green onions. Yum!
We drove to Craggy Mountain and hiked up Craggy Pinnacle Trail. The hike is short, only 7/10 of a mile, but it is steep. The views at the top make it worth the effort, with 360º views. My Sweet Babboo got a couple of shots with his flip phone, but click on the link to see more. It was a stunning view, with distant mountains and fog in the valley. You could see layers and layers of hazy mountains for miles and miles. The plan was a hike and picnic lunch, high in the mountains where it was supposed to be cooler. It was, but it was also a bit humid. Having our lunch in the shade was pleasant.
Are you getting outside for fun?