Sunday we arrived and had a history tour in the evening about this hotel. 11 Presidents have stayed here all the way back to President Polk. Since then ten more have stayed here, to include President Buchanon, President Calhoun, President Benjamin Harrison, President Reagan, President Taylor, President Jackson, and a few others were here. Congressman Daniel Webster has a dining room named after him. He was a great Senator and was a great debator about slavery.
Monday we took a hike on the trails across from the hotel which we learned about Springs that people used to be very fond of for medicinal purposes. The hike was about 2 miles and we had an option to do the 4 mile trail but few were up for the challenge.
Rick checking with valet when our car will be parked and when our belongings will be sent to the room
We had a tour of historic Bedford. We learned about City Hall and the Original Jail in Bedford. We found out there was a person executed here in Bedford who was a preacher in the 1700's. We learned a bit about Fort Bedford then we headed to the Coverlet Museum which dates back to 1895. We learned how coverlets are made and if they are authentic. It is a dying art. We learned how they are woven with looms and how the fabric is dyed before it is completed. We learned how the looms work and operated. We purchased some pillow case shams that were woven on the looms.
Tuesday, We started our morning off with Qui Dong routine before breakfast. Then after breakfast we rode on the bus for two hours further west of Somerset to the Frank Lloyd Wright famous home of Falling Waters.
Eating our homemade picnic lunch in the picnic area while waiting for our room to be ready.
It was architected in the 1930's and turned over to the conservancy in the 1960's. The home is built on nature's boulders and water falls. It has been visited by thousands of people every year. We experienced Gravity Hill today where we drove the bus past Shawnee State Park onto Gravity Hill Rd and once we got to the midway point of this rd, we experience the bus moving on its own as it was in neutral. There is no explanation of this. We didn't go far but 100 feet moving without stepping on the gas and not in reverse was pretty amazing.
Wednesday morning we started off with our Qui Dong routine, then after breakfast we got on the bus and headed to Shawnee State Park and did a four mile hike around the lake. We had a picnic lunch after our walk and completed our stretching.
Rick, Tony, Vivian, Mom and I meeting up before afternoon Tea and crumpets is served.
Despite that Fall is not quite here yet, the trees were still beautiful. In the evening after dinner there is a big fire pit on the front lawn where we had a bon fire. We had a country folk singer from Pittsburgh
who sang for us over an hour while we lounged around the bonfire. Tony bought a 'smores' box and about 10 of us made smores around the bonfire. He is not really good cooking marshmallows so we cooked them for him and made the smores for all of our group. Great night.