Thursday, August 16: This week’s travel theme from Ailsa of Where’s my backpack? is SIGNS. Ailsa writes about signs: they come in all shapes and sizes. If you would like to join in, create your own post with the title Travel theme: Signs and put a link to Ailsa’s page in your post so others can find it. And check back in next Friday for a new travel theme.
The USA certainly has its share of strange & interesting signs, as Ailsa’s post demonstrates, so I focus my sign-hunting on western Maryland, where our family is on vacation, and in Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania. Here are a few from the mountains near Deep Creek Lake. I found this one at a Baptist Bible Church.
Believe it or not, there is a town called Accident near Deep Creek Lake.
This is a sign I found on the back of a bathroom door near Monroe Run Hiking Trail. I found it interesting and informative! 🙂
And here’s a warning to fishermen to please wash their waders so they don’t spread “Rock Snot”!
In Pennsylvania, we eat lunch at a cute little cafe where they write their signs on blackboards. This reminds me of my childhood, when I used to make all 4 of my little siblings sit in rows and listen to me “teach” them (who knows what!) and write on a blackboard.
And at this little cafe in Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania, the only option available to my vegan sons is in the bottom left corner.
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.