Our day started with a little Apple excitement. The new iPhone operating system came out and we “had” to download it before we did anything else. Mine took a while, but was successful. Mona’s went fast but was problematic…causing her to deal with problems right up to the moment we checked out. Finally, she was done. As I was at the front desk checking out I hear someone exclaiming, “No! Stop! No! No! Don’t do it!!!”
I could go on and on about Fallingwater’s design…the amazing use of cantilevers (radical for the 1930s); the two paint colors: ochre to match the leaves of the rhododendrons that abound here, and Cherokee Red – FLW’s signature color; and finally the use of stone quarried about 500 yards away. No…I won’t bore you with all that…I’ll just let some pictures speak for themselves.
We got off the National Road at I-68 and then followed the Potomac east. Then we were treated with incredible vistas as we drove up and down the Allegheny Mountains….seeing the beginnings of fall colors. Finally, we turned southwest, headed for Washington, D.C.
We ended up in Springfield, Virginia, at the home of Margaret and Pete. Margaret is a life-long friend of Mona’s. I got to meet them in 1998 when Mona and I first visited D.C. and we’ve been friends ever since. We visited for a while and then they treated us to dinner at 2941, a cool dinner spot near the Beltway.