Thursday, August 9, 2012

Buttermilk Falls Walk

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This information is from the Indiana County Parks Web Site:

This site features an impressive 45 foot waterfall and scenic woodland. The 48-acre natural area was donated to Indiana County Parks in 1995 by the Keystone-Conemaugh Group, owners of the nearby Conemaugh Generating Station. As a natural area the site has been set aside to protect both typical and unique plant and animal communities and to protect outstanding examples of natural beauty.
Between 1931 and 1956 the property was owned by Fred McFeely, grandfather of Fred Rogers of children's television fame. McFeely, a wealthy industrialist from Latrobe, PA, utilized the property as a retreat. His estate featured a cottage, horse stables, a three car garage, outbuildings and a swimming area in the creek above the falls. Mr. Rogers often visited the site as a child. Stone foundations and retaining walls from the estate are visible at the site. Several photos of the McFeely estate from the 1940's were provided to Indiana County Parks courtesy of Rita Nist. Visit our "Fred Rogers page" to learn more about one of western Pennsylvania's most cherished sons.
Waterfalls the scale of Buttermilk Falls are uncommon in western Pennsylvania. Falls occur when a stream wears away an easily erodible layer of rock, but then encounters a resistent layer. The resistant layer erodes at a slower rate than the surrounding rock, forming a waterfall. At Buttermilk Falls, a resistant layer of sandstone underlays easily erodible shale. Buttermilk Falls is in the Hires Run valley, a tributary to the Conemaugh River.
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 The last few weeks of summer have been slipping by at a rapid pace.  Above are some mini cream puffs that I sprinkled with chocolate for a friend's wedding reception.

The beautiful bride and handsome groom, just after the kiss.  They now live in Unalaska, Alaska.  God Bless them both!

Limelight hydrangeas in the front of the house.  Love them!

Sunday was Root Beer Float Day, so I made Root Beer Floats for dessert for the kids. 

Today we went to Buttermilk Falls and walked the trail.   More pics to come....

I've been to work twice, to help design our curriculum for the coming year.  We've been to the movies to see "Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days".  Hunter had his braces put on at the end of July.  He also attended ATOMS camp for Math and Science Scholars for a week.  Hockey started....didn't it just end?! Our garden is over-producing vegetables, so there has been canning and freezing going on.  Last weekend we went to see the musical, The Addams Family at the Benedum with my brother and his girlfriend.  It was so very funny!  My husband went on a trip to Canada with some of his brothers and his dad for over a week.  We were overjoyed when he came home.   That's about it in a nutshell. 

Thanks for stopping by!
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