Unique Streets Walked: 36
Miles Walked: 5.08
Street Names: (italicized have been already walked): Farmington, Hawthorne, Fairfield, Old, Stanton, Stanton Court W, Stanton Court N, Stanton Court E, Oranmore, Arcade, Waldo, Coleridge Street, Somerville, Rosecrest Drive, Rosecrest Place, Schenley Manor, Millerdale, Brintell, Elena, McCabe, Woodbine, Coleridge Place, Price, Camelia, Christopher, Premier, Drive Street, Fence, Antoinette, Downlook, Alcock, Garage, Oglethorpe, Drive Way, Normahill, Simona, Dragoon, Amsterdam, Trinity, Lansing
Today was a typical spring day in Pittsburgh. I walked for almost two hours in Stanton Heights and it rained the entire time. I take that back. It rained and then every 5 minutes it would snow for about 30 seconds. Then back to rain. I didn’t think it was going to be as cold as it was but luckily my jacket was waterproof and it had a hood.
I parked near Officer Eric Kelly Memorial Field. On April 4, 2009, Officers Eric Kelly, Stephen J. Mayhle, and Paul J. Scullio, II were killed in a shootout by a man (who I will not name) armed in his mother’s house with multiple weapons including semi-automatic assault rifles. The community and Pittsburgh as a whole was rocked by the violence. Stanton Heights is a neighborhood inhabited by many Pittsburgh police and firefighters. This tragedy hit too close to home.
I walked down Hawthorne and saw quite a few houses being remodeled. At least two houses were getting deliveries from Mr. Water Heater (what a wonder it is, the synchronicities you see while out walking.)
I also noticed a few pieces of sidewalk that had strange markings on them. I asked a neighbor what he thought it was and he reacted like I asked him why the sky was blue. I still wonder. Does anyone know? Leave a comment if you do!
Many houses were decorated with interesting rock formations.
I saw a few Midcentury Modern homes and I found WALDO!
Soaking and shivering, I found myself on Stanton Avenue right near where Amy and I had walked last Friday. The area seemed much different without the sun and company. This time I noticed a community compost club. Update: I did some research and the entrance to the Mary E. Schenley Mansion used to be right around here. Read about the history of the mansion here.
I crossed Stanton to get to the area on the other side of 57th street and the huge decaying set of stairs we’d mountain climbed up. Here I found quite a few interesting things. An al fresco Pittsburgh Potty…
A riverview oasis for birds…
And a skating ramp that with enough speed, could launch the rider clear down to the Allegheny…
I was getting closer to my car but couldn’t stop hitting new streets. I finally decided I must walk down a street called Dragoon before calling it quits. I was so glad I did because I found this radiant mister…
Back at my car I peeled my coat off of me and tried to warm up. I did 5 miles today. It was a pretty good walk in spite of the weather.