Unique Streets Walked: 32
Miles Walked: 2.16
Street Names: Warren, Carrie, Sam, Hargnette, Ural, Pilsen, Riga, Pitham, Rising Main, Pynchon, Peekskill, Hazelton, Glenrose, Biggs, Marsonia, Osgood, Tarpon, Lafayette, Red, Quincy, Meadville, Denham, Television, Cemetery, Morris, Belleau Drive, Belleau Street, Sandusky North,
Sentinel*, Catoma, Lanark, Myler, Edenvale
*Edited 9/3/19 when I found out that Sentinel here is actually an extension of Belleau Street. I have updated my master list and street number. It was Apple Maps’ fault.
Today was a trial run (walk) to see if I could bring both boys with me on a walk. They passed with flying colors and we will be doing this on weekends that are nice from now on. We traveled to Fineview for a walk and also to visit an open house. In my family, Sundays are for walks and house hunting.
We parked on Warren Street and walked towards Peekskill Street. It was a sunny but windy day and both boys were having a good time.
George found a piece of asphalt for his “rock allection” and Johnny found a poker chip.
George really wanted to go down the Rising Main Stairs but I dissuaded him from that. Turns out these weren’t the stairs we should be afraid of.
We made it to the house at 258 Peekskill and went inside. It’s a beautiful victorian-style house that overlooks the I-279 valley (although you can’t see the interstate from the house.)
Judging by the amount of people who were there to see the house, I can’t imagine it will take long to sell. $199,900 for 4 bedrooms is going to attract some buyers. You can see the Cathedral of Learning and the UPMC Building downtown from inside the jetted tub in the master bathroom.
The house also has quick access to the Northside and everywhere else via 279. After we went way up to the 3rd floor and quickly picked out our bedrooms (doesn’t everyone do this?) we started to go back down with George in the lead. The next part happened in slow motion with Johnny and I rooted to the floor. George did a somersault on the first landing and landed teetering on shoulders. He shot me a look of terror as gravity won and he cartwheeled down the rest of the way. He cried a bit and had a small cut on his hand, but otherwise, he was fine.
Outside we decided to go off-roading. The house has an address on Peekskill but you can only get to it from Pynchon. By viewing the Hopkins maps you can see that the street (was called Parker, now Peekskill) used to continue to where the street actually is today.
We hiked up a muddy hill and found ourselves on a freshly asphalted roadway. We skirted the side of Glenrose as a few cars went by. There was no sidewalk and a tight curve in the road. Only a few cars passed us but I made sure I gripped George’s hand tightly when they did. We saw the Biggs Avenue stairs that are a part of the Fineview Fitness Trail but George was getting tired and wanted to walk on the streets instead. We saw some neat elevated sidewalks and the boys had a lot of fun racing on them.
Johnny took off his sweatshirt and started using it as a cape. He was trying to get lift-off by running down the steep hills with the sweatshirt flapping behind him.
We walked down dead-end Quincy and were allowed to walk through a yard by a man and boy working/playing in the yard. Thanks neighbors! At this point in our walk, George was definitely running out of gas. The shortcut was much appreciated.
I thought I might have to carry him soon so we left out a few streets on our way to the car. Two final sights greeted us on our way. A wonderful view overlooking Fineview Field, the Northside, Downtown and well, everything!
Interestingly, this lookout is right near the former location of the Nunnery Hill Incline. This incline is notable because it was curved and it only ran for about a decade.
We also got to walk by Heathside Cottage.
From their website:
Heathside Cottage is a nationally registered Historic Landmark in Pittsburgh’s Northside neighborhood of Fineview. Built in the mid-nineteenth century by bridge architect James Andrews, it has since been restored to its Early Victorian style, with ornate gothic features throughout the home and garden.http://www.heathsidecottage.com/#home-section
It was a fine walk in Fineview made better by two boys overcome with sleep on the way home. We will definitely be doing this again.