OHIOPYLE STATE PARK (PA)

Ohiopyle State Park is a little bit of a challenge to get to. The roads leading in are very steep and narrow but once inside the park everything improves. The campground has a separate entrance and is a good distance from the park headquarters, so get the location and directions from ReserveAmerica before your arrival.

We are here a little to early for all the activities to be open, but the campground sections that are open were full for this Easter Weekend. They have a pet friendly loop here and if you bring a pet you're required to stay in that loop, the sites are $2 more than any other loop? No water turned on inside the camping loops so as of this weekend the only water available is at the big main bathhouse, the only one open by the way!



THURSDAY

TRAVEL DAY
YEAR #2 - STOP #25

"The Keystone State"
is our 13th visited state

After a couple of record breaking travel days getting through West Virginia we moved a relatively normal distance today. Of course we arrived very early and our site was still occupied by the previous nights guest. We looked it up online and found out that both check-out and check-in time is 3:00PM, we arrived at noon. We drove around a couple of the other campground loops and then positioned ourselves where we could see our site, but not so close that we felt we where rushing the other people off our soon-to-be site.


Today we not only crossed into our 13th visited state, we also finally broke out of the Southeastern United States. Pennsylvania is considered to be in the Northeastern United States and that's where we plan to be spending the next four months. By this time in August we should have visited all nine of our northeastern states.


After unhooking and getting all set up at our new home we went into the small town of Ohiopyle, PA to get some lunch. On the way there we did a little sightseeing by stopping to explore a couple of waterfalls in this area. The first was Cucumber Falls, which was about halfway into town and the second was Ohiopyle Falls on the Youghiogheny River, which was right across the street from where we ate lunch.


Cucumber Falls


Ohiopyle Falls


One other thing we did on the way home was to stop at one of the picnic areas inside the park and take a short walk up a trail to a scenic overlook. Our purpose for doing so was to search out a geocache location that was hidden at the overlook. For me, this is what I enjoy about geocaching, it gets us out to explore places we may not have otherwise visited. Turns out the scenic overlook is overlooking the town where we just had lunch.


The view from the geocache location. See the red building?...


That's were we ate lunch at the outdoor seating that overlooks the river.



FRIDAY

SIGHTSEEING DAY
104 MILES DRIVEN TODAY

Today's planned sightseeing trip was to visit the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, PA. You remember, on September 11, 2001, this is the location where the passengers brought down the hijacked airliner before it's intended crash into The Capitol Building in Washington D.C.

Sorry we didn't take any pictures while we were here because it was chilly and raining very hard, other than the Visitor's Center the whole Memorial is outdoors. We did put on our raincoats and take the long walk to the actual crash site, the memorial wall and also the yet-to-be-completed 93 foot tall Tower of Voices wind chime.

Inside the Visitor Center there are displays with television coverage of the attacks, timelines of everything that happened that day, audio recordings of some of the phone calls made from the plane to loved ones back home and of course photos of the 40 passengers and crew. It was all very well presented and to hear the phone calls you actually had to pick up a telephone handset if you wanted to listen to them (we couldn't bring ourselves to listen to any of them).


We scored a bonus visit to a pair of covered bridges along our route to the Memorial. It seems with 10 bridges here in Somerset County this is the hot spot for covered bridges in Pennsylvania. About 219 covered bridges still remain in Pennsylvania, which is the most in any one state. These two bridges we visited were only about two miles apart and cross over the same waterway.


The Kings Bridge


The Barronvale Bridge


The structural engineering that holds up a Burr Truss bridge.



SATURDAY

WORK DAY FROM THE POD
0 MILES DRIVEN TODAY



SUNDAY

RELAXATION DAY
0 MILES DRIVEN TODAY

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