As we were contemplating the notion of where we might swim, a couple parked a deckboat at the docks and walked past, heading to a restaurant. “I’ll ask them if they know,” she said, going right over to them. When she came back, she said that there were no public access places other than the closed park. It’s all private land, with many very nice houses.
We finished our supper and contemplated places along the river where we could swim, but when the boaters returned carrying a pizza, they stopped by our table, they said they’d be happy to take us out on their boat so the kids could swim. A most generous offer, which we readily accepted. They ate their food and we finished up with ours, getting everything put back in the car. Our hosts, Jerry and Marily were very nice, and their little dog was a great hit with the girls, being the kind of dog that could be won over with belly rubs and attention.
We went to a small bay where we could swim. The girls and I all went, splashing around and enjoying the deep water. Jerry and Marily told us that a famous scene in Dirty Dancing was filmed on a staircase right there on the water, which they pointed out. I don’t think I’ve ever even seen that movie in completion, so I didn’t recognize it.
We had a great swim, and good conversation. We cruised further up the lake, coming to central point where the largest and nicest house happened to be. We learned a bit about the family that owned that house, as well as a prominent business in the area. The community of Chimney Rock Village is small, but there are a great many very fancy homes around Lake Lure. Quite a nice little community.
After our boat ride, we thanked Marily and Jerry and exchanged info. They invited us back anytime, and I certainly intend to pay them another visit someday. It’s good to get to know others and have friends, even if distant.
We drove then to Chimney Rock Village, which has the look of a one road old west town from up on Chimney Rock. Many arts and crafts stores, restaurants, and shops operate there, seeming to do quite well. We walked through town and found a place along the river to order some dessert. Our walk down to the river afterwards was particularly rewarding, with a megalith stone bridge and a small riverbed island surrounded by fast moving shallow water. The purity of the rivers says so much.
Another wonderful feature of Chimney Rock Village is the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge, just on the outskirts of town. An old bridge has been converted to a narrow garden with a meandering foot path that takes you by a great variety of garden displays with artistic recycling of old things mixed with many beautiful flowering plants and herbs. Everything was well labeled, and each twist of the path takes you to a whole new miniature world. I walked the full course of it twice, smelling flowers and noting certain varieties that I particularly enjoyed.
All told, we had a fantastic adventure at Chimney Rock and Lake Lure. Four adventures in one, really. We also really enjoyed a brief visit to the Hickory Nut Gap Farm, which is known for having high quality, old fashioned animal products, pumpkins, preserves, and cider. That visit is its own story.