It has been months since the car club was able to go for a drive, so little wonder that the one on a warm Saturday in March was such a hit. The warmer weather of the past few weeks has made everyone antsy to get back on the road. So, a drive was planned, and we hoped for a nice day. We met at 10:30 on Saturday morning for the first drive of the season with more than a dozen cars.
Rain came down overnight, and the parking area had some puddles, but we came out hoping for a nice morning.
We were off to a nice drive through east Henderson county. Sometimes a stray car got in line, but mostly we had the roads to ourselves. This time of year is preseason for tourists, and most of the Florida folks haven’t returned for the summer.
Some of the sheltered valley areas are greening up. We passed by several apple orchards, and I was happy to see that they were still dormant, no blooms yet. Which means the hard freeze last week might not have done much damage.
Arriving at the restaurant in Lake Lure called Larkins on the Lake, we mostly parked together, with a few on the other side of the restaurant.
The food here was really good. I had a Salmon BLT, which was a lovely grilled salmon filet sandwich with applewood smoked bacon, fresh lettuce and tomato, and a spicy aoli. Yum! Looking out the window on the porch where we were having our lunch was a beautiful lake view.
Our next stop of the day, after another nice drive on some back country roads, was Tryon. We stopped here for dessert. Tryon has a charming, small downtown area of shops and parks. There is an ice cream and coffee bar here that is fun. While some of the club stopped there, I went next door to the handmade chocolate shop for a dark chocolate truffle.
There were little beds of daffodils in bloom all down the main street.
The Tryon Toy Horse is a sight to see, a symbol for the town. Tryon is also the home of FENCE, the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center. They do horse riding events several times a year. We have been there in the past for a dressage competition that a friend was in.
Back on the road after a stroll through Tryon, we went back another route through the southwestern part of Polk and Henderson counties, more mountains to go around. The orange-rusty color you see in the trees in this picture are actually maple tree flowers.
But higher up, the trees are still in winter mode.
We’ll see how the flowers do in the coming weeks. Soon, everything will begin to green up and the azaleas should begin their show.
But any day driving in the mountains is a good day! What did you do over the weekend?