Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Andy Warhol Museum

Next thing I didn't know about Pittsburgh: it's the birthplace of pop-art icon Andy Warhol and home to a 7 story museum featuring a huge collection of his work.  Fun fact: it's the largest museum in the North America dedicated to a single artist.  I've been a fan since my college days!

The boys were not as thrilled with the paintings but had fun posing on the famous red couch from The Factory.  They thoroughly enjoyed playing in the Silver Cloud installation, and they couldn't have been more excited about the movie projected on the wall showing a guy wiggling his butt and then doing something around there with a pickle.  Oh, they'll remember that one for a long, long time.

Personally, cow 11 has always been one of my favorites.  I can't even remember how many years I had that poster hanging up in my dorm rooms and apartments, or how long I had a t-shirt with that image before it was worn to shreds.

Monday, June 19, 2017

The City of Bridges

Let's be honest, I knew absolutely nothing about Pittsburgh before our visit, let alone that it was known as the "city of bridges."  It has 446!  I decided a morning run was in order and found a scenic route along the water that had me cross over all 3 rivers - the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio -  and around the fountain in Point State Park at the confluence of the rivers.  Thank you, Map My Run!

We joined our friends later in the morning and walked to brunch at the Grand Concourse, a gorgeous, old, ornate train station.  All the boys thought the all-you-can eat buffet was the best part of the trip!

From the restaurant it was a quick walk to the Monongahela Incline, which is the oldest continuously operating funicular in the United States.  For just $2.50 we were treated to awesome views of the city skyline.  Who knew The 'Burgh was such a nice city?!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Let's Go Bucs!

Why did we road trip to Pittsburgh?  Our good friends, Andra and Greg, wanted to see Falling Water, the famous Frank Lloyd Wright house that's close to Pittsburgh, and they invited us to join them.  I've always wanted to see Falling Water too, plus Joseph gets along so well with their boys, Ben and Andy.  We all crammed into one car and had a fun time!  Our first night there we went so see a Pirates game vs. the Mets.  We had good seats and it was an exciting game, with the Pirates winning with bases loaded on the last play in the bottom of the 10th inning!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Flight 93 Memorial

We road tripped with friends out to Pittsburgh over Memorial Day Weekend (I'm quite behind in blogging, I know...).  Our friend Greg had a detailed itinerary which had our first stop at the Flight 93 Memorial on the way out of DC.

The visitor center is situated on a hill overlooking the crash site.  The walkway leading to an observation platform and the Wall of Names are both aligned beneath the path of Flight 93.  It's a beautiful but very somber place.

The 40 Memorial Groves, one for each of the passengers and crew, radiate along the road from the visitor center down toward the Memorial Plaza.

The Memorial Plaza marks the edge of the crash site, which is the final resting place of the passengers and crew.  A boulder marks the site of impact.

The Wall of Names consists of 40 individual marble panels engraved with the names of the passengers and crew members, which from a distance are meant to look like one unified piece to represent their teamwork in defeating the terrorists.

Joseph has always passed on doing the Junior Ranger program whenever we've visited the National Parks, but Greg and Andra's boys enjoy doing it, so Joseph joined in and got his first Junior Ranger badge!