Then it must be Pittsburgh! I’m flipping through an issue of Columbus magazine a few weeks ago and see an ad for an art installation in Pittsburgh that is a 40 foot rubber duckie. What other reason would one possibly need to schedule a trip to Pittsburgh. As it turns out, the ‘burgh is only a couple hours from Columbus. I have never been to Pennsylvania and D offered to go with me. This was a win-win-win situation.
In addition to wanting to see a big duck, I thought I’d find a run over there that weekend to keep me on track for the Tink 1/2 planning. I found a North Shore running tour. Run a bit – your guide tells you about the city – run some more – hear something else. It was a 5k route PLUS I’d see the city. Done. As it would turn out, I was the only one on the running tour that morning – so I got a great 1-1 run guide, plus we could run at my pace! That’s where the picture above was taken – on the run, and below is a shot of the very empty downtown I ran through to get to the tour starting point.
But, of course, the DUCK was the main attraction. What seemed like thousands of people were gathered at Point Park to see this duck. I was a little surprised an oversized bath toy could draw this crowd, and at the same time, I did drive two hours from another state to do that very thing. So…
Pretty sure this is the Christmas card this year.
Did you know that Pittsburgh has more bridges than any other city in the United States? 446 to be exact. And many of them are painted the same color yellow – Aztec Gold. I learned that on my running tour.
The Duquesne Incline cracks me up in a way. It’s part trolley/part old coal car and it takes you to a cute little neighborhood at the top of the hill with great views of downtown. The ticket/boarding situation hasn’t changed much in 50 years, I imagine. Which is charming and refreshing in a lot of ways. No safety talk, very little monitoring of people getting on, and in one station ACUTALLY NO monitoring of people getting on, you pay for your ride at the top. It made me chuckle. Until riding on it when I got a little nervous. Something about going up that super steep incline and seeing the cable responsible for pulling us – yikes. Made my stomach turn a little.
The views are wonderful. Pittsburgh has such a unique layout. A very dense downtown with a kind of touristy developed North Shore with the stadiums and a hipper South Shore area that I’d like to explore on my next visit.