We returned to our native State of Pennsylvania for a few days to act as tourists and see some of the sites. I was hesitant to post about it, because it wasn't traditional hiking. But after thinking about all the miles on my feet during this trip - yesterday alone, I took more than 26,400 steps - I figured it was close enough to hiking to write about. We'll start with a post about Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece, Falling Waters, which is near Ohiopyle State Park (which looks like a very cool place, by the way. Maybe another trip?)
I have never seen anything like Falling Waters, a large home built into a waterfall. It is beyond incredible. It was built for the Kaufmann's, a wealthy Pittsburgh department store owner late in the Depression. Later, their son donated the home and land to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. I am sure that there is tons of detailed information about this site that you can easily get to, and so am not going to try to duplicate it. I will just say that was my favorite part of the whole four day trip (today was strictly a tiring travel day). If you have not seen it, go! I will repeat that statement: if you have not seen it, go! I bet spring when the rhododendron is in bloom, and October with the fall colors would be amazing times to go.
Here are few photos from our visit last Friday. Photos were not allowed inside or out during the tour, so I got these afterwards from the outside.
One of my favorite features of the home is the "Hatch," which leads from the living room to a small platform over Bear Run.
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