by Rebecca on June 16, 2011
A couple of weeks ago, we took a long weekend and camped at Ohiopyle State Park in Pennsylvania with my friend Jacqui. Ohiopyle is Pennsylvania’s largest state park and it’s located about an hour and a half south of Pittsburgh near the West Virginian border. We camped for 3 nights and really enjoyed ourselves.
We arrived at the campsite Thursday afternoon, set-up camp, and enjoyed a quick dinner of chicken sausages cooked over the fire and smores. The next day we went white water rafting and took a mile long night hike with the ranger. On Saturday we hiked the Fern Cliff trail. This trail is located on a peninsula that is warmer than the surrounding areas in the winter and cooler in the summer because the Yough River around it insulates it. The peninsula is home to a lot of plant species that aren’t found elsewhere in PA because of the unique environment.
After our hike, we took a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falllingwater. The setting was beautiful as was the house. I really enjoyed the living room with all of its windows, but the rest of the house seemed so dank and dark. The tour provided a lot of great information about the house and the family that had it built, the Kaufmann’s. The rest of the day Saturday, we walked around town getting ice cream, buying local wine, having a beer at the pub owned by Wilderness Voyagers. To cap off the day, the campground had funnel cake night!
We left early Sunday morning after a night of thunderstorms flooded our tent a bit. On the way home, we stopped in downtown Pittsburgh to have breakfast at a Diners, Drive-ins and Dives recommendation, The Dor-Stop Restaurant. Dave had chocolate raspberry stuffed french toast, which wasn’t really stuffed, and I had oatmeal raisin pancakes. We enjoyed our breakfast, but The Breakfast Club (three locations in Michigan) is above and beyond The Dor-Stop.