I've long associated visiting my grandparents with water. Whether it was running through the sprinkler or bobbing in the ocean and now cruising on the lake in West Virginia. My grandparent's summer home is in the little lakeside suburb of Morgantown called Cheat Lake.
Phil and I spent 5 summer days with my grandparents in July and we managed to pack quite a lot in: tubing on the lake, a lounge in the river at Ohiopyle, a visit to Laurel Caverns, a day in Pittsburgh at the Phipps Conservatory, a hike to a local swimming hole, and lots of long games of Mexican Train.
Unfortunately my camera images were lost from this trip so all I have is a few iphone pictures to share.
Laurel Caverns is the largest cave in Pennsylvania and is also the largest bat hibernaculum in the area. To preserve the unmolested slumber of the bats the caves are only open from May to October when the bats are on the prowl. Be warned - while it may be hot as blazes in July outside it will be cold and shivery inside the cave. Bring a jacket and don't be shivery like me.
On our day in Pittsburgh we went to Kaya for lunch and had Jamaican Curry and a Peanut Plantain Sandwich. No pictures left of the food unfortunately but the tables decorated with magazine collages and old maps were super cool and the food was great.
Phipps Conservatory was an awesome way to spend the afternoon. We are amassing a list of conservatories, botanical gardens and arboretums from our trips and this one sits close to the top of most impressive. The desert room and these dinner-plate sized hibiscus were some of the prize pieces.
It was nice to be back in the mountains for a few days and sleep quietly next to the lake.