Good Morning, All!
While I've been on my school-summer vacation well over a month now, last week marked the first official days of summer! Living in Southeastern, Ohio, I have parts of West Virginia and Pennsylvania easily within short driving distances. There are so many fantastic outdoor resources and activities for those who are willing to travel a small ways. On Father's day, my husband's family and I went hiking at Ohiopyle State Park in Stewart Township, PA. For me, it's about a 3 hour drive to the park, although I did see a few roadside attractions I'd like to stop at next time :)
The ride from Ohio is gorgeous, especially when the mountains come in to view! We hiked Cucumber Falls & the Ferncliff Trail. There are even natural waterslides at this park!
If you're thinking about planning a trip (we're doing an entire weekend in the fall)-
here are some helpful resources:
|Part of the bike/hike path. Tremendous view!|
|Our hiking trail led us right near the water so we could catch glimpses of rafters and kayakers.|
|Everyone needs a little bit of this in their lives once in a while :)|
above photos: discoverohiopyle.com
|Even though the temperature was in the upper-80's, a nice shady hike was super comfortable!|
|Nothing like having the beautiful sounds of nature interrupted by the yelps and laughs from rafters and kayakers heading towards the falls.|
|We just missed some folks heading over the falls.|
|There were tons of people just laying out on the rocks. Fishing, sunning, splashing. Pretty wonderful.|
We hiked around 5 miles that day over the span of a few hours. Afterwards, we drove to Confluence, PA to the Lucky Dog Cafe. We had Kylee the black lab with us and dogs are welcome to sit on the outdoor patios while you eat. Perfect! I had a Greek wrap (hummus, feta, tapenade, sprouts, tomato, cucumber, lettuce) & house-made potato chips...so good! They've got a decent beer selection, too!
We can't wait for our next trip!
What kind of adventures are YOU taking this summer?