Ohiopyle, Fort Necessity and Cooper’s Rock

9/27/13 Friday at Morgantown, WV (Sand Springs RV Resort-GS)

After a leisurely morning routine, I got the blog posted, then my sister Lynn called. They were on their way to see our Miss Zanzibar! I hurried back to the rig and we got her straightened up in time. John met them at the lodge and guided them. It was such fun sharing what we love about our traveling home. Soon we all (Lynn and hubby Gene, John and I) jumped into their Camry for a great day of **(2330) scenic drives in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

2013-9 (435)View from our lunch table at River’s Edge restaurant. Great food





2013-9 (438) View from Braunham Rocks: deepest gorge in PA,   At Ohiopyle (Indian for “white frothy water”)





2013-9 (440) 2013-9 (442) 2013-9 (449) 2013-9 (450) 2013-9 (457) 2013-9 (460) 2013-9 (464)Youghiogheny (YUCK ah gay nee) River and Ohiopyle Falls




































2013-9 (488) 2013-9 (486)Fort Necessity. (National Historic Park: $5/person or free with Senior Pass) George Washington, leading British soldiers before the Revolution, had first come to this area (Pennsylvania and Ohio) to warn the French traders that this was British land, as well as to clear a path/trail for future settlers. The French, were driving out English traders and claiming the Ohio River Valley for France. His group came upon a French group unexpectedly. The French say they were ambushed without warning, the British say one of the French yelled out a warning and fired on the British, so gunshots ensued, with the British overtaking the French (an Indian killed their leader as well). George built Fort Necessity as a stockade for his prisoners, certain that the French would soon come to retaliate. When they did, he realized he’d built his stockade in a poor position, for they settled into the forest beyond to fire upon his men, who were in trenches surrounding the Fort. Of course, it poured rain the whole time. When George felt all may be lost, the French called out, asking if he wanted to “parlez”, which he did. The French were concerned because their Indian allies were all leaving that morning and the rain was demoralizing. So surrender document was drawn up, smudged in the rain. George signed it, agreeing to leave the area and for no British to return for a year. He also didn’t realize that the document noted that he had assassinated the French leader (not the Indian) and felt terrible about that for years, when he’d learned it was in the surrender. From the Park brochure: The confrontation at Fort Necessity in the summer of 1754 was the opening battle of the war fought by England and France for control of the North American continent. It was also the opening episode of a worldwide struggle known in North America as the French and Indian War and elsewhere as the Seven Years’ War. It ended in 1763 with the expulsion of French power from North America and India. The action at Fort Necessity was also the first major event in the military career of George Washington, and it marked the only time he ever surrendered to an enemy, then only 21 years old.

2013-9 (473)War Belt. This would be passed among the Indians to announce the coming of war. This belt is made with original red and blue glass trading beads that are 250 to 300 years old. The shell beads seen in the white hatchet are new wampum. Wampum was an important and sacred tool of communication used by many Indian tribes in the Ohio country. Each belt was specially woven so that each color, bead and pattern had a meaning. Similar to written European documents, wampum formalized treaties and outlined trade agreements.

2013-9 (495) 2013-9 (496) 2013-9 (498) 2013-9 (501) 2013-9 (502) 2013-9 (505) 2013-9 (506) 2013-9 (509) 2013-9 (511) 2013-9 (513)After this full day, Lynn and Gene brought us back to our RV and returned to their place to get ready for the picnic they’re planning for tomorrow. We had supper, then dashed up to Cooper’s Rock, to see the sights and the sun set at 7:11 pm.

About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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