June 30th – July 2nd – Pittsburgh, PA

We camped outside of Pittsburgh (about 45 minutes) and believe it or not, on the first day we found ourselves in Pittsburgh with no camera.  I know those of you who know Don are shocked.  Anyway, we decided we would go to the Andy Warhol Museum since you are not allowed to take pictures there anyway.  While we learned a lot about Andy Warhol, we also learned that we do not know a lot about what is art and what is not.  So….onto the next day.  We went down to Point State Park which unfortunately was in the process of being renovated.  We did, however, get to see something very cool.  For the regatta, they were working on a life-size sand sculpture of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  We walked around downtown and Don took some interesting pictures of the buildings.  Pittsburgh has an amazing amount of bridges.  We went to Primanti Brothers which is chain of sandwich shops started in 1933.   All of their sandwiches come with french fries and cole slaw as part of the sandwich.  Very interesting and very good.

      

We also went to the National Aviary which is the country’s largest aviary.  It has over 200 species of birds and is really cool.  There are several sections where you can walk in and the birds just fly all around you.  It was fun to just stand there and look at all the different birds.

 

The last day we were there we went by the University of Pittsburgh for a shirt.   Unfortunately, we did not have time to walk around the campus much, but what we saw of it was interesting.  We took a ride on the Duquense Incline which is an incline planed railroad that takes you up to Mount Washington that was built in 1877.  Once you are up there, there is a spectacular view of downtown Pittsburgh and where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers come together to form the Ohio river.

Last, but not least we went to PNC Park to see the Pirates play.  This ball park was built in 2001 and it is beautiful.  It is very nice to sit and look at the game, as well as the river and the Pittsburgh skyline.   They also have some good food.  We had some wings from Quaker State Lube and then had to split another sandwich from the Primanti Brothers inside the stadium.

 

Something that we learned from being in Pittsburgh, is that even when you have a lot of time, you still cannot even scratch the surface of the things that there are to do in this country.

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