Here We Go Again

While winter in the Southwest is hard to beat we’ll be heading to Florida this winter. We have too many friends and family members in Florida who we don’t see enough to pass up a visit in the Southeast.

Shamrock Pines, Franklinville NY

The plan is to take three or four weeks to get to Pat’s brother’s house in Florida where we’ll store the Tincan until we return in January. Our first stop was Franklinville to meet up with with our friends Bill and Sandy. We met in Florida in 2018 when they were full time RVers. It’s always a good time when we met up.

The Crew enjoying Fall in Ellicottville (Photo courtesy of Bill)
No trip to Ellicottville is complete without a visit to the Ellicottville brewery

The next day we packed up and drove to Ohiopyle State Park in the Laurel Highlands of southern Pennsylvania . We hoped to catch some autumn color and we sure did!

Site 45

The name Ohiopyle is believed to be derived from a combination of American Indian words that mean “white frothy water “. That water is the Youghiogheny River, providing some of the best white water rafting in East.

Ohiopyle Falls

In addition to the fall foliage, we came to ride The Great Allegheny Passage. This Rails to Trails bike path starts in Pittsburgh and travels 150 miles to Cumberland MD. We rode 24 miles (48 miles round trip) of it along the Youghiogheny River.

We used our mountain bikes to ride the trail but it could be easily traversed on road bikes.

The trail was lined with mountain laurel. This would be a wonderful ride in the spring.

The laurel have set their buds for next spring’s bloom

The trail rises from laurel along the river and shows a great view of the river below. The 3 percent grade along this section gave us a good workout.

The railroad was originally used to move coal from this area. Coal veins can be seen in the rock walls along the trail.

That dark vein of rock near the bottom of the photo is coal

In addition to biking there is plenty of hiking to enjoy. We focused in on waterfalls and river hikes.

Cucumber Falls

The hike to Cucumber Falls is a popular hike with limited parking at the trailhead. The trick is to arrive early for parking and solitude along the trail.

The Meadow Run Waterslides are another popular hike. The fast moving water flume would be great fun on a hot summers day.

Across the river from the village of Ohiopyle is the Ferncliff Peninsula National Natural Landmark. This hundred acre peninsula was created by a meander in the Youghiogheny River. The peninsula has lots of hiking and closeup views of Ohiopyle Falls.

300 million years ago Pennsylvania had a tropical climate. As you hike the peninsula you can see fossils from that period along the trail.

Cordaites Fossil
Lepidodendron Scale Fossil
Calamities Fossil

After four days it was time to move on. We only scratched the surface of things to do. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water and Kentuck Knob are nearby as well as more hiking and biking. Our next stop will be the Lake Powhatan Recreation area south of Asheville NC and a visit with our nephew Jack and his family.

Bent Creek Campground site 26
It’s hard to resist these photo opportunities
Lake Powhatan

The highlight of our stop was a visit with Jack, Emily and our great niece Sky.

12 thoughts on “Here We Go Again”

  1. Awesome photos as always. I thought you might be interested in this recent article in TWP about the controversy surrounding a proposal to expand the network of biking and hiking trails in the area. https://wapo.st/3sdJTCA.

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  2. Great pics. Noticed the sweatshirt that Pat has on, The Naked Dove! We have been there! Enjoy your latest adventure!

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  3. Looks like a wonderful rout to travel to Florida. Love those pictures. We have so much smoke in our air if the leaves turn we will not be able to see them. 😦 Have fun travels. Hope to see you in the Phoenix or Sedona areas come February and March of 2023. A & N

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  4. We did the Gap in the spring and saw the Laurel and a beautiful red fox crossing our path! Wonderful trail and neat little historic towns along the way! Happy Trails! Joanne

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  5. Just beautiful photos and commentary on all your stops. Can’t wait to take extended trips in our Sprinter Van! This blog definitely inspired me for the lifestyle we have been now enjoying so much. We have seen so many parts of California this past year, we never would have. Thank you. Keep on sharing your travels.

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  6. Thanks for the opportunity to see and read some of what you are experiencing. I feel like I’ve stepped into your TinCan world when I read your comments.
    Keep on keepin’ on! And taking me with you😊
    Kathy

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