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Couldn't Move On

So Much to See Here

I picked up a vacation map at the Johnstown Flood National Monument and realized there was too much to see in the area to move on.
Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania


The next day took me to Kentuck Knob, the home Frank L Wright built for the Hagen family. Falling Water was my original and only FLW destination, but since it opened at 10 and Kentuck Knob opened at 9, I headed that way first.
Atop the Knob

Atop the Knob


Kentuck Knob

Kentuck Knob

Kentuck Knob Korner

Kentuck Knob Korner

Kentuck Knob Eaves

Kentuck Knob Eaves

The Bedroom Wing

The Bedroom Wing

On the Patio

On the Patio


The Palumbo family of the UK bought the property from the Hagens and used it as a vacation home. They still visit and entertain there every year. They have added a sculpture garden which makes the visit even more delightful.
Part of KK Sculpture Meadow

Part of KK Sculpture Meadow

The Room Sculpture

The Room Sculpture

The Fans on the Knob

The Fans on the Knob

Piece of the Berlin Wall

Piece of the Berlin Wall

Wind Chimes

Wind Chimes

The Pond

The Pond

The Birdhouses

The Birdhouses

Tortoise in the Forest

Tortoise in the Forest


Cairn

Cairn


Initially, I hedged on taking the tour. In the end, I firmly believe the $23 was well spent and I enjoyed every minute of it.
After viewing Kentuck Knob, there was no way I could skip Falling Water.
Second FLW Stop

Second FLW Stop


Fallen Flowers

Fallen Flowers


This site is maintained by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Many more people visit this site. You can certainly tell the difference, but they handle the crowds without any problems and you feel as if you are receiving a small group tour.
FW Has a Nice Cafe

FW Has a Nice Cafe


FW is much larger than KK.
A Peek at Falling Water

A Peek at Falling Water


The Kaufman's left most of their furnishings that were also designed by Wright and their personal belongings so you are to feel that you are actually visiting the family at their vacation home.
Handwashing Spout

Handwashing Spout

View from the Walkway

View from the Walkway

Springfed Plunge Pool

Springfed Plunge Pool

The Overhanging Patios

The Overhanging Patios

The Creek

The Creek


On the Patio of the Guesthouse

On the Patio of the Guesthouse

Rock Wall and Boardwalk

Rock Wall and Boardwalk

Rain on One Side

Rain on One Side

If you are in the area, visit both homes. No need to skip either. If you are pressed for time, flip a coin. FLW might have been a somewhat despicable man, but he could certainly design a home and furnishings.

As it was so close and I had visited the 9/11 Memorial in NYC, I decided to visit the Flight # 93 National Memorial.
Hilltop

Hilltop


It is also very moving. The hilltop had been previously ravaged by surface mining and then by the plane crash. The memorial has beautifully restored the land.
Land Ravaged Twice

Land Ravaged Twice


Fllight # 93 Pathway

Fllight # 93 Pathway


Three Niches for Remembrances

Three Niches for Remembrances

Black Granite Walkway

Black Granite Walkway

Sculpture to the Crashsite

Sculpture to the Crashsite

Rock at the End of the Crashsite

Rock at the End of the Crashsite

Marble Wall of Names

Marble Wall of Names


I am not sure the yet-unfinished visitor center is of a design that is pleasing to see - either from a distance as you spot it several miles away or when on the actual site. However, a Ranger explained how the center will allow you to walk through the walls with crash site blocked and then open out on a black granite pathway that marks the flight path. The black granite used in the pathway is meant to signify the former coal that was mined from the area.
Visitor Center to Open 9 11 15

Visitor Center to Open 9 11 15


The rain continued off and on and through the night where I camped at Raccoon Creek State Park just west of Pittsburgh.
As beautiful as I have found Pennsylvania, I wonder about two conditions:,
1. Why do they have a mile post for every 1/10 mile, i.e., 181.0, 181.1,181.2, 181.3,etc., etc., ad nauseum? You can stand at one and see the next three posts. I think the money could be better spent on improving the condition of the actual roadway.
2. The parks are in lovely, remote spots but could use just a bit of remodeling on the shower and restroom facilities when compared to some of the other states.

Posted by pscotterly 08:01 Archived in USA Tagged pennsylvania

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Yeah, thanks for driving thru my state for another visit. The houses are beautiful and well worth visiting from my own personal experience. Thanks for showing the Flight 93 memorial as well. Honestly I don't know why each tenths of a mile are marked, yes I agree, they need to better fix our roads! Happy Travels!!

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