|Sorry to be gone for so long from the blog. We had no wifi at our campground and very weak Verizon service so I had no way to post my blog.
So we left Ohio Amish country and traveled about 150 miles to the Southwest corner of Pennsylvania known as the Laurel Highlands. We had a beautiful travel day through pretty countryside. We traveled through three states....Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Over the years we have enjoyed traveling some of the old US Highways, so we decided to travel a potion of US40, known as the National Highway. This was an original travel route used by settlers. Despite its steep grades we had a beautiful drive along a nearly forgotten part of Americana.
We arrived at Hickory Hollow Campground mid-afternoon. As we were setting up we waved at a couple across the way. When Tom parked the truck Ron and Jean noticed we were from Georgia and came over to meet us. They are from Hiawassee, GA just up the road from our home base of TOG Airstream Park near Helen, GA. Small world. Over the week we got together with them several time and enjoyed their company. They are partime RVers and have traveled extensively. we hope to meet up with them later in the summer in New England and for sure this fall in Hiawassee.
On Wednesday we headed our for our first day of sightseeing. We would travel south along Highway 381... the Laurel Highlands Scenic Byway. On the way to 381 we passed one of the many covered bridges in the area. This was the King Covered Bridge and had recently been restored. Our first stop on Highway 381 was Fallingwaters, built by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1930's. Our plan was to tour this home. But I guess we didn't do enough homework.....Fallingwaters was closed for tours on Wednesday and we also learned we needed reservations. We could not get reservations while we were in the area. Maybe next time. We traveled on to Ohiopyle State Park. This park is centered around the Youghiogheny River and is popular with whitewater rafters. There is also a very popular biking trail in the park. We stopped and walked across the walkway across the river and then enjoyed delicious Hershey's Ice Cream. Yum! There are several waterfalls in the area but we had some other stops to make so we continued on.
Our next stop was Fort Necessity National Battlefield. Now without my Passport Stamp Book I would never known about this site. We found it very interesting. It was the site of George Washington's first battle that he led. Washington was fighting for the British against the French and the Indians in the French and Indian War. He lost this battle. The film was very good and the exhibits were interesting. There is also information on US 40 at this sight as well as the Mount Washington Tavern.
Our last item on the list today was to go to Mt. Davis, the highest point in Pennsylvania. Our maps had no road names on it. We tried but after traveling down a very remote, steep, and curvy road we gave up and turned around and went home! The next day Ron and Jean were able to find their way to the top and said it was lovely.
So ends our first few days in the Laurel Highlands.