Catching up, June 6, 2018
After a good breakfast at our Forked Run camp we hitched up and headed east once again. Our destination was unclear but generally heading toward Assateague Island in Maryland. As is usually the case, Carol the navigator, started looking through all the books and maps that we carry along and we realized that we were in fairly close proximity to Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous house. A quick recalculation and we set our course for a state park close to Fallingwater.
Ohiopyle State Park in Pennsylvania turned out to be a great park with good accommodation for a little camper like ours. We filled out the proper paperwork and dropped the money and registration in the slot at the gate and found a spot under the trees. We set up camp, which takes all of about 5 minutes, and headed back out of the park to find Fallingwater.
Carol had arranged a tour for 2:00 and we arrived about 15 minutes early, plenty of time to check out the gift shop and the cafe. At the allotted time we met up with our tour guide and walked the quarter of a mile down the gravel lane to get our first glimpse of the house. Oh my gosh what a beautiful place. Everything I had ever heard of Fallingwater could not add up to the experience of standing there and looking at the house. This guy was a genius. The house is build right over a waterfall and built into the hillside . It appears like it is growing right out of the woods and part of nature itself. The tour lasted about an hour and we toured every room of the house and our guide was very thorough in his explanations. Even though you were inside the house you felt like you were enjoying the outside and nature. The views and openness of the spaces were amazing. Truly a national treasure. After the tour was over we were free to walk the grounds and we found the spot for the iconic photo that everyone takes, and we took ours as well.
We only had our phones with us so the photos could be better, and no photos were allowed inside the house. We hated to leave. Rain was beginning to threaten so we headed back toward the campground but were in need of some cash money to buy ice at the campground, so we stopped in the village of Ohiopyle. Not only did we find an ATM, but ice cream as well. We each had a cone and walked across the street from the ice cream stand and sat along the banks of the Youghiogheny River watching the clouds roll in as we enjoyed our ice cream.
Back at the state park I purchased some ice and some wood and an enjoyable evening began. We had a good supper and the rain held off. Later we watched a show on the iPad and turned in for another comfortable nights rest. Below is a small gallery of images from the day.