Winding It Up

Seems like we’ve been on the road forever, but it’s really only been about seven weeks. In some ways, I’m ready to be back home, yet the minute we pull into the driveway, I’ll wish we were on the road. Guess that’s why I can’t see myself being a full-time RVer anytime in the near future.

So, our last big stop is Ohiopyle State Park, in Ohiopyle, PA. Fun to say, but even more fun as a gorgeous park, with a wonderful campground.20151023_174914 Our main reason for selecting this park was its proximity to Fallingwater, the house generally acknowledged to be Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterwork. So, the first thing we did upon arrival was schedule a tour.20151022_131032Wow – what a fantastically beautiful location for a house. It sure didn’t hurt that we were there on a sparkling fall day, and the surrounding maples were in full color glory. 20151022_144054One of the things that makes this house so unique is the placement of the house on the site – instead of building across the stream so that you could see the falls from the house, Wright actually built the house directly over the falls. I’m sure a good argument can be made for either view, but there’s no doubt that Wright probably chose the less common placement. No photos are allowed inside the house on the tour, so you’ll just have to use your imagination.

BUT, I do have to say that it would be a tough spot (for me) to live. I kept looking around, wondering where I’d want to curl up with a book to enjoy the magnificent view. There isn’t one stick of comfy furniture in the entire house. (and the house includes all the original furniture, some of which was designed by FLW, as well.) Our tour didn’t include the kitchen, so I’m left to wonder what that may actually look like. Go, if you get the chance. After completing Fallingwater, Wright was besieged with over 400 more projects, only about half of which he managed to complete before his death.

We used the rest of our time at Ohiopyle to hike and explore. This little town is an adventurer’s paradise – the center being the Youghegheny River, which roars through town. Looks like a great spot to white water raft.20151022_15332620151022_12574620151022_125543There’s a larger set of falls nearby, Cucumber Falls, but try as I might, I could NOT get a decent photo. The lighting gods were conspiring against me that day. In addition, the Great Allegheny Passage bicycle trail runs through here – a tiny sliver of this 300+ mile trail from Pittsburgh to Washington DC. 20151023_143306 You can probably get a great hotdog at this little spot, but we didn’t sample one.20151022_153915

We drove forever the next day to get as far as Findley State Park, in Wellington, OH for a quick overnight. Another beautiful park, with very few inhabitants. We shared a loop with just one other camper, and hardly saw them at all – perhaps the downpour had something to do with that. But, here was the view from out the back of the Fireball.20151024_172431Pay no attention to the little blurry spot in the middle of the photo, I must have jiggled a bit when shooting this panorama. Jezzy liked it here, too.20151024_170227

Our last stop was Brighton Recreation Area in Michigan, selected because we needed to camp near Ann Arbor, as we had tickets to hear one of our favorite authors, David Sedaris. The show was fantastic – held in the Michigan Theater, a classic refurbished movie theater in downtown AA. We laughed all the way through – Sedaris is bold and has a self-deprecating manner that doubles his comic presentation.

Perhaps the star of this visit though were the three Sandhill Cranes who hung out with us for two days. From early morning to evening, they wandered through the campground, squawking and picking up various tidbits. It was huge entertainment to watch them.20151026_08093120151026_081049Obviously, as it gets later in the year, traffic in the campgrounds thins out. That’s fine with us!20151025_17455820151026_125830Last one to leave, turn out the lights.20151027_092601