a walk along the youghiogheny river to swallow falls

Friday, August 17:  Sadly today is our last day of vacation at Deep Creek Lake.  We have to check out of our cabin tomorrow and head back home to Virginia.  We have a mostly lazy day, prodded in part by a near-constant drizzle all day, but we did take a little walk along the Youghiogheny River to Swallow Falls.

the trail along the Youghiogheny River
cantilevered stones holding up the trees
the Youghiogheny River
some waterfalls on the river
Swallow Falls

Adam on the rocks
looking downriver
Alex takes a dip in the river
mossy rocks and flowers
interesting rock formations
blocks of rocks

Fare thee well, Deep Creek Lake!

a gallery of mushrooms

Friday, August 17:  Today we go on a walk along the Youghiogheny River to Swallow Falls in western Maryland, where I encounter a lot of mushrooms.  As I don’t see any of these, ever, in Oman, I thought I would create a little gallery.

little yellow mushroom

You can click on any of the images to see a slide show…. 🙂

ohiopyle, pennsylvania ~ a slice of americana

Thursday, August 16:  On our way to Fallingwater, we stop for lunch at the little town of Ohiopyle in Pennsylvania.

we see these flowers all over Pennsylvania and western Maryland: the Black-eyed Susan, also known as Brown-eyed Susan, Brown Betty, Brown Daisy, Gloriosa Daisy, Yellow Daisy…. the list goes on.

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 Youghiogheny River going through Ohiopyle

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)

anything you want to explore the great outdoors in Ohiopyle

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.

Firefly Grill
ordering lunch at the Firefly Grill

The boys have Thai Tofu wraps: Fried tofu, salad mix, cucumber, tomato, onion and a spicy Thai peanut sauce.

Thai Tofu wrap

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.

the Southwestern wrap

Mike has a vegetarian ciabatta with grilled veggies such as broccoli, cauliflower, salad mix, feta cheese and peppers.

the grilled veggie pita sandwich with fresh-cut french fries
the Methodist Church next door

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.

Bike Rentals, Ice Cream, Rafting Trips ~ all under one roof!
Bike shop
bikes near the Visitor Center
Methodist Church welcomes you!

We then stroll down along the banks of the Youghiogheny River, where we see kayakers, sunbathers on rocks and frothy rapids.

the bridge across the river
looking downriver from the bridge
beautiful day!
kayakers below the bridge
white water rapids
beautiful flowering bushes along the riverside
I love these bushes!
beautiful flowers!! 🙂
Adam balances on the fence for the length
the falls
the waterfalls, again
and once more…

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.

goodbye, Ohiopyle, PA!