MINI PENNY: Ohiopyle State Park

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Ohiopyle State Park

All I can say right now is that I'm all-around tired. We spent today eating and viewing lots of scenic areas. I've certainly eaten more food today than I normally eat in a day, and I've got the tummy ache to prove it! But how could I even think to say no to pierogis?

We're staying in a [very old] house that was built entirely by Geoff's grandfather. If you're not familiar with this part of Pennsylviania, as I wasn't before we came here, it's full of extreme hills and valleys. I grew up in the country (Hocking Hills, Ohio, to be exact), but the hills here are way larger than what I'm used to back home.

So this house… where do I start? Of course with the wallpaper. Holy cow, THE WALLPAPER. It's all got that slight texture that most retro papers do, plus everything is floral patterned. I'll upload all of the wallpaper snaps when I get home Sunday. There's no internet here and barely a call phone signal — totally not the end of the world, but it's really a change from our city lives.

So aside from admiring the old school light switches and the 50s-style table at this house, we had some lunch with Geoff's family today a couple of towns over. It was nice but very filling — way more food than I normally even eat for dinner. After that we hit up Ohiopyle State Park. I'm accustomed to a place called Old Man's Cave that is down near my parent's house, so I was pretty excited to check out this place.

The first thing we saw was a little town that was built up around this tourist area. It was quaint and had little ice cream shops and bike rentals. There was a huge waterfall just off to the side and some nice walkways built out to have a look. As we went deeper, though, we saw what they called a natural waterside. Basically the river had smoothed out the rocks in such a way that people were actually using it as a water slide. We stood and watched some of the kids go down. Interesting, but I didn't bring any swimmable gear nor did I want to get shaken around on some river rocks.

We continued our short trek down to the river, where I waded a bit in the cold currents. It was nice to relax and enjoy the view. Geoff's parents, brother, and nephew were all with us as well, so we rather moseyed around for a few hours.

Upon leaving Ohiopyle, we stopped at a small diner for more food. I cannot tell you how hard it was for me to even finish the small amount of pierogis I ordered! We were going to hit up Soldier's Rock, but alas run out of daylight. That brings us to now. We gave Geoff's nephew his late birthday gift, a remote control muscle car, and they're out crashing it outside. I'm inside with a tummy ache writing my blog post before we head to Wendy's to get it all uploaded. Silly, right? I have to laugh at the idea of it myself.

Tomorrow we head home. I definitely miss Kitty (so much!) and can't wait to sleep in my bed again. Don't get me wrong — I love trips, but there's just something so special about getting back to home sweet home! On our way out we might stop at Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater. I'm really hoping we're able to work it out because I really want to see it.

So today's outfit, obviously, was for comfort. Vans are normally the only sneakers I'm willing to go for, and these leopard print Lo-Pros were a must have for me when I saw them on Urban's site a while back. They sold out in just a few days, but I was able to get one of the last few pairs on KarmaLoop. I love 'em! I picked up this denim backpack while I was out thrifting with my mom one day after almost putting it back. I'm so glad I didn't. There have been a few times (this one especially included) that it has been a lifesaver. The fact that I only paid three bucks or so for it makes it all the better.

Goodnight, Minis! It's possible that when you hear from me tomorrow I'll be back in my own apartment. We shall see :)

Hazy Days Sunnies, UO
Striped sleeveless button up, thrifted
Gold triangle necklace, Etsy
BDG High Rise denim shorts, UO + altered
Ecoté skinny gold belt, UO
Leopard print Vans LoPros,
Denim backpack, thrifted
Dreamcatcher keychain, thrifted

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