1 Nov: We have been enjoying the fall leaves in Pennsylvania and Ohiopyle State Park.  Here we visited the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright house called Fallingwater.  Frank Lloyd Wright designed this as the summer home for the Kaufmann family on 1500 acres in the late 1930s.  His vision was organic architecture in harmony with nature, so he built the house right over the river.  It is a truly unique home that seemed to flow out of the river itself.  The house itself contains no beams – cement and rebar were used with cantilevered decks and rooflines to provide structure.  Unfortunately, no photos were allowed in the house, but it was very open, with a mid-century modern look with built-in seating, desks, and wardrobes.  The house was decorated with original artworks, including many Picassos.

2 Nov:  A scenic drive in Shenandoah National Park along the Skyline Road in Virginia.  Lots of overlooks to enjoy and a hike to see Dark Hollow Falls.  Crazy dense fog in the afternoon on the Interstate made for a hairy few miles!

 3 Nov:  The Blue Ridge Parkway extends from Shenandoah on down through Virginia into North Carolina for 460 miles.  The driving is slow, so we only drive a small chunk of it to Mabry Grist Mill for more leaf peeping.  Along the way, we visit Floyd Country Store for some Bluegrass music.  We didn’t buy any possum pate here though!

4 Nov:  As the leaves are past their prime now, we decide to take a side trip into Tennessee (8hrs & 500 miles!!). We drive through rolling hills, farmlands, seeing lots of cotton fields and gin distilleries.  We will let you know if we find Elvis…

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