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Pymatuning Day Trip

This past Saturday (June 19th) Bob suggested that we drive to Pymatuning State Park. A change of scenery appealed to me.

The highlight of our visit to Pymatuning was seeing the Pymatuning Dam and the area near the dam.

Pymatuning State Park Dam and its Environ

Pymatuning Dam is located at the southern end of Pymatuning Reservoir. We have visited Pymatuning several times. This was our first visit to the dam and its surrounding area.

Our first stop was at Shenango River. We crossed over Pymatuning Dam via Dam Road. We turned right onto Water Trail Drive, which led us to the Shenango River.

Pymatuning State Park – Shenango River
We saw this great blue heron on the opposite side of the river.
We noticed a trail that appeared close to where the heron was located.
We walked over the pedestrian bridge to reach Sugar Creek Run Trail.
It was a short walk to where the great blue heron was perched.
I managed to capture this picture, through the foliage,
before the great blue heron took off.

Our second stop was on the reservoir side of the dam. We backtracked and drove back over the dam. We pulled into the parking lot for pavilion shelter #3.

Pymatuning State Park
the Dam Gatehouse, as seen from Pavilion Shelter #3 grounds

We, then, drove back across the dam but only half way. We parked across from the Dam Gatehouse.

Pymatuning State Park – Dam Gatehouse

According to signage at the site, the “castle-like stone gatehouse allows water flow through the dam. Water enters the gatehouse through a 20-foot-wide diversion channel and travels 280 feet to the outflow conduits.”

Entry to the Dam Gatehouse was barred.
Dam Gatehouse

We walked back across Dam Road and visited the outflow area.

Pymatuning Dam Outflow
Pymatuning Dam Outflow.
We walked down two staircases to get closer to the outflow.

The Pymatuning Dam Outflow forms the Shenango River.

Leaving Pymatuning Dam and its environ our next stop was at the Linesville Spillway, where we saw lots of carp, ducks and geese.

The Geese, Ducks and Carp are fed bread at the spillway.
Pymatuning State Park – the Spillway
You can’t see the Spillway in this picture. We are walking toward the Spillway.
Geese, Ducks and Carp at Pymatuning Spillway
The Spillway, which you can’t see, is behind us.
We are walking back to our car.

It is said that ducks walk on carp at the Spillway, but we didn’t see that.

Leaving Pymatuning State Park in our rearview mirror, our next stop was for lunch in Spartansburg. We ate lunch at the Dutch Treat Restaurant.

This is the Dutch Treat Restaurant.

Bob had an egg sandwich with French fries and coleslaw. I had a BLT sandwich with French fries and applesauce. Our meals were delicious. Service was OK. It would have been better, if Bob had gotten the lunch he ordered–a steak salad. Bob should have been tipped off, when the waitress asked if Bob wanted coleslaw. A salad has a coleslaw side??? I did notice that the waitress was hard of hearing AND she was tired–overworked from lack of help. Bob decided to let it go. He saved $8.00 on our lunch price. The egg salad sandwich was a lot less expensive than the steak salad.

After lunch, we walked across the parking lot to Clear Lake.

On our way to Clear Lake we saw a white goose.
We checked out Clear Lake from a small bridge that crosses over the lake.

We returned home, after lunch. It was a good day, even with the rain that came in the afternoon.

Ride to Linesville Spillway

We spent the morning and part of the afternoon of Friday, July 3, riding. We ate breakfast at the Perkins Restaurant here in Warren. We were on our way to Linesville, PA shortly before 9:00 am.

We made a couple photo stops en route Linesville. We stopped in Spartansburg, PA.

Clear Lake in Spartansburg, PA

As we were parking in Spartansburg, the first thing I noticed was this little horse and small Amish buggy.  The building in the background is the Dutch Treat Restaurant.  We have eaten in this restaurant a couple times.  The food is plentiful and tastes great!

From Spartansburg, we rode to Conneaut Lake, PA.  We stopped at Ice House Park, where there is a very nice view of the lake and boats.

Conneaut Lake, approaching Ice House Park

 

Conneaut Lake

My intention was to walk the length of Ice House Park and take a few pictures of Conneaut Lake from different perspectives.  Two dogs, though, caught and held my attention soon after we arrived.

What a pretty dog!

I discovered that this dog jumped one time from the dock into the water.  The jump frightened the dog, and it will no longer jump off the dock into the water.

On the other hand, the dog’s companion had no fear of jumping off the dock into the water!

The dog retrieved a toy that was thrown into the water.

The dog brought the toy to land.

The white dog has no fear of water, only fears jumping into the water from the dock!

I enjoyed very much watching these two dogs play with each other!

From Conneaut Lake we rode to Linesville Spillway at the Pymatuning Reservoir, where it is said ducks walk on the fish.  We saw lots and lots of carp and geese and a few ducks.

From Linesville, we began our ride back home. We stopped for lunch at Hoss’s Steak and Seahouse in Meadville, PA and made a fuel stop in Titusville, PA.  We returned home around 3:00 pm. The ride wore us out. We napped for about 3 hours!

Where The Ducks Walk On The Fish

This past Sunday (July 26th) we went on our longest ride since acquiring the new motorcycle. We rode to the Linesville Spillway on the Pymatuning Reservoir (Linesville, PA). Before reaching the Spillway, though, we stopped briefly in Conneaut Lake. We enjoyed great views of the lake from Ice House Park.

I believe that Ice House Park was named for an ice company that used to be located along the shores of Conneaut Lake. The ice company provided ice for shipment by rail to the Pittsburgh market. After taking a few photographs of Conneaut Lake, we continued our ride to Linesville.

It is said that ducks walk on the fish at Linesville Spillway. According to RoadsideAmerica.com, the Linesville Spillway draws over 300,000 visitors a year. It is the second most popular tourist destination in all of Pennsylvania, trailing only the Liberty Bell.

The first thing we noticed when we arrived at the Linesville Spillway was plastic grocery bags filled with loaves of white bread, hot dog rolls, and hamburger rolls.

We saw geese, ducks, seagulls and lots and lots of fish (large-sized carp). We saw people throwing bread at the seagulls and the carp.

Woman throwing pieces of bread to passing seagulls

Looking towards the Spillway

The Spillway

A closer view of the Spillway

A close-up picture of carp in the Spillway

We saw the ducks, geese and carp fight for the bread. Regrettably, we did not see any ducks walk on fish. We didn’t see any ducks walking on fish during our last visit to Linesville Spillway either, which was in August 2003. We did notice, though, that the Spillway had received a face lift since our last visit. The face lift apparently happened in 2007. According to RoadsideAmerica.com, a “snazzy new promenade” was built in 2007. The promenade is graced with flowers and other plantings and benches along its entire length.

The Spillway Promenade

Bob and I on the Spillway promenade

 

Before starting for home we ate lunch at Rebecca’s Family Restaurant, located on Main Street in Linesville.

Rebecca’s Family Restaurant

We ordered from the menu, although a breakfast buffet was available until 2:30PM. The breakfast buffet had several selections and was priced reasonably at $6.95 (or $6.75, a price something like that). It appeared that the majority of the restaurant patrons were there for Sunday breakfast. I learned that the restaurant has the breakfast buffet on Saturdays too. The Saturday breakfast buffet ends at 11:30AM. We were interested in lunch, however, not breakfast. Bob ordered a meatloaf sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy. I ordered a tuna melt sandwich with potato chips and a pickle slice. We each had a side salad. We read on our place mat that Rebecca’s Restaurant was home of the cinnamon roll sundae. We couldn’t leave without trying one, now could we? For dessert we shared a cinnamon roll sundae, which was delicious. In fact our entire meal was delicious. I need to start a file of restaurants that we would like to patronize again if ever in a particular city. Rebecca’s Family Restaurant would definitely be on that list!

It was a good day for a ride. The weather forecast had called for a 50% chance of rain on Sunday. We saw only a few raindrops. As we got closer to home, though, we thought we might get wet. As it turned out, the rain was ahead of us. We rode on some wet roads, but we didn’t get rained on! We left Warren at 10:00AM and returned home around 4:30PM. We put an additional 175 miles on the motorcycle. Click here for a map of our route.
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