Falling Water, Kings Bridge, and Scherenschnitte

  What a perfect day! This area of the country is so beautiful and the fall color is warm and inviting. I'm surrounded by farms and mountains. Sheep, goats, cows, and llama all graze happily in the pastures rolling along the road. The red barns and silos remind me of my home in Vermont.

I started my day with a gentle walk around the campground and a hearty 3 egg omelet with tomatoes and cheese. I took my empty 20# propane tank to be filled at the campground office. $20.17 to fill the tank and purchase a fly swatter. Not bad for 2 weeks of heat, hot water, and on-the-go refrigeration! There have been some pesky wasps hovering around the camper door so I thought a fly swatter would be a better option than the rolled up magazine I've been using discourage the little buggers.

With that chore done, I headed for Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece home Fallingwater which as it turns out just a few short miles from here! My DH visited this house many years ago and a poster of the architectural marvel hangs in our house so I thought I would check it out!

The drive was lovely and I stopped at a few places to snap a photo along the way

Fallingwater was a marvel and I'm so glad I took the tour. They allowed no photography of the interior but I got some shots of the exterior. The design is unique with it's cantilevered floors. The house is amazingly integrated with the natural environment and is truly a work of art. The materials used in the house echo the environment and encourage the inhabitants to enjoy the surrounding landscape. I spent over 3 hours there and had a lovely time. I took a hike around the grounds to an overlook where I had a nice view of Bear Run Creek.  I highly recommend this attraction! Coincidentally, I'm listening to "The Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett, while driving, so this architectural stop dovetailed nicely with the book.


After I left Fallingwater,  I stopped along the road to photograph a covered bridge and was quite surprised by the name, Kings Bridge! Another "Pillars of the Earth" reference!

I also had time to tour the National Museum of the Guild of American Papercutters in Somerset. There are many styles of this lovely art form around the world, and I had been introduced to Scherenschnitte, the German style of papercutting, by my sister Becky. I had a lovely time enjoying some extraordinary examples of this art at the museum. The precision and intricacy of these works of art are astounding since they are created by hand with just little scissors and paper.

Tired and happy, I stopped at the grocery store (here called Giant Eagle) and purchased some berries, cheese, water, and hot dogs. That ought to get me home!

Tomorrow I'll hitch up and head for Middletown, NY. I'm altering my last stop from a commercial campground to a Walmart parking lot. Now that I have more experience, I don't want to spend the $40.00 fee for a short overnight stop. I'd rather stay for free in the parking lot. My sister-in-law Elaine and her husband Kirk will be joining me there for a quick visit. It will be great to see them and have a chance to share a meal. I love that Wild Thing is giving me the means to visit my large family spread across the USA. Until tomorrow!