Unique Streets: 22
Miles Walked: 3.41
Street Names (italicized streets have been walked on another day): Greenfield Avenue, Ronald Street, Donegal Way, Winterburn Avenue, Alger Street, Greenfield Bridge, Greenfield Road, Boundary Street, Four Mile Run Road, Whitaker Street, Saline Street, Anthony Street, Ivondale Street, Frazier Street, Acorn Street, Ottis Way, Alexis Street, Yoder Street, Haworth Street, Kaercher Street, Haldane Street, Lydia Street, Coleman Street, Hoosac Street, Tan Way, Nantasket Street
Today I brought a caravan to Greenfield. My friend Amy, her daughter Sophia, my son Johnny, and I set off on a breezy walk down Greenfield Ave towards the Greenfield Bridge. The forecast was calling for rain but we completely lucked out in that regard. I had no goal other than to walk in Four Mile Run, the neighborhood that runs underneath the Greenfield Bridge and Interstate 376.
The area was founded in the early 1900s by a group of Rusyn immigrants many of whom, worked in the nearby steel mills. Up until writing this, I did not know that there was an ethnic group called Rusyns. The more you know! They founded St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church that can be seen while traveling on 376. Four Mile Run, or The Run as it is locally and heretofore known is largely isolated from the rest of the city. We ended up accessing it through Schenley Park. There seem to be more available ways for pedestrians to access the Run than there are for cars.
We crossed the Greenfield Bridge and I saw that there was a steep-ish embankment down below that lead to a stone-lined creek along 376. We could easily walk on the dry creek bed to gain access to Naylor, Levene, and Saline Streets. I started going down the hill and got almost all the way to the bottom when I turned around to see no one was following me.
I was wearing hiking boots but eveyone else was clad in athletic shoes. I made my way back up and we found the Bridle Trail in Schenley Park. Many people were out walking the trails before the wet weather.
A nice woman with a happy dog named Gracie stopped to take our picture on a rock overlooking the Run.
We followed the well-maintained Bridle Trail for a while until we saw an offshoot that seemed to lead into the Run. This trail was not as easy to navigate.
Each one of us fell at least one time but no one was hurt. Yet.
We finally made it into the Ruska Dolina (Rusyn Valley) and found some interesting things to look at. I urged the kids to stand on that sewer grate for a picture but Amy told them not to dare. Here they are trying to figure out who to disobey.
Amy must be scarier than me because they didn’t get on top of it.
We found a playground and the kids had some fun (aka burning energy they should have been saving.)
We walked on Saline Street and made a right to access some stairs that ran next to St. John’s. Stairs leading up to Greenfield Elementary were currently closed.
Ivondale Street, the road that the stairs we walked led to, was also closed near the end. You can see why:
Rounding the corner of Ivondale and Boundary, Johnny took a spill on the gravel-littered cobblestone road. If his friend hadn’t been there, wails would have emerged from his face. Because of our company, he put on a brave face and kept walking. The fall resulted in a skinned knee but I think his ego took the brunt of it.
We came up Acorn Street and spotted two Parking Chairs in the wild. The kids employed them in their secondary use.
After a lot of slow walking and long faces, we made our way up the stairs that led to Greenfield Avenue. On the stairs there was a little ramp. If anyone knows what it’s for, leave a comment!
We got to the top and knew we were done. Luckily the car was down the street.
Even though we stayed mainly on Greenfield Avenue, we still saw some cool things like this Milk and Package Receiver on a porch.
The rain started to fall as it will in April and the trees did their thing too.