Thursday, August 16: On our way to Fallingwater, we stop for lunch at the little town of Ohiopyle in Pennsylvania.
Ohiopyle is a small borough in the Laurel Highland mountains of Fayette County, Pennsylvania. The community is a place for outdoor lovers. Ohiopyle State Park offers hiking and biking along the 135 mile Great Allegheny Passage. The Youghiogheny River, which runs through the town, has frothy rapids for whitewater canoeing or rafting.
The first known group of people to inhabit the Ohiopyle area were the Monongahela, a clan of the Mound Builders. These Native Americans disappeared from the scene just as European colonists were beginning to arrive in North America. One of the few remnants of American Indian culture that can be found in the area is in the name. “Ohiopyle” is derived from the Lenape phrase ahi opihəle which means ‘it turns very white’, referring to the frothy waterfalls. (Wikipedia: Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania)
As of the 2000 census, there were only 77 people living in the borough. Despite the tiny year-round population, the area is often brimming with tourists who come to experience the great outdoors.
We eat lunch at a cute little cafe called The Firefly Grill.
The boys have Thai Tofu wraps: Fried tofu, salad mix, cucumber, tomato, onion and a spicy Thai peanut sauce.
I have what seems like a HUGE Southwestern wrap: Black beans, salad mix, rice, salsa, sour cream, Cheddar cheese, onion & guacamole. I only eat half and give the rest to Mike.
Mike has a vegetarian ciabatta with grilled veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, salad mix, feta cheese and peppers.
After lunch we take a stroll through the little (0.5 square mile) town. We see a Methodist church, a bike shop, an ice cream shop, an old train station/visitor center, and a bridge over the river.
We then stroll down along the banks of the Youghiogheny River, where we see kayakers, sunbathers on rocks and frothy rapids.
I love the feel of this little town, with its few inhabitants and its outdoor-loving passers-through. I’d love to come back again, when I return to America, to do some white-water rafting. No time for it today, but it is fun dropping in.