Unique Streets: 7
Miles Walked: 2.38
Street Names: River Avenue, Herr’s Island Bridge, Waterfront Drive, 30th Street Bridge, Overlook Court, Waterside Place, Waterfront Circle
George and I took advantage of the sunshine this morning and visited Washington’s Landing, aka Herr’s Island. This tiny island sits in the Allegheny River at the bottom of Troy Hill, the neighborhood which it technically belongs to. It’s home to townhomes known as the Village at Wasington’s Landing, the Three Rivers Rowing Association, and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. The area used to be a stopping point for livestock being transported by train. The weak/sick animals were separated from the rest to be culled (killed) and processed on the island.
Supposedly it used to smell pretty bad. The city made an effort to convert the area from a brownfield site to a new housing development. Now you can get a 3 bedroom for $849,000. You can see a timeline of the history of Herr’s Island, here. It received the nickname Washington’s Landing after George Washington supposedly stopped on the sandbar to spend the night.
I had walked the trails on Herr’s Island before and decided it would be a perfect place for a morning run/walk and for George to ride his strider bike. George loves toys of all kinds but his absolute favorite thing is throwing rocks in water. I should remember this next time we go to Target. He tried to get to the river within the first minute of our walk but I told him this wasn’t a good area: See the Alcosan sign.
George chased a family of geese.
Then, we went up the ramp that leads to a footbridge onto the island.
We stopped (of course) to throw some rocks off the bridge into the water.
The day was windy but absolutely beautiful.
He seriously tried to pick up one of the large boulders that line the trail to throw it in the river. Three-year-olds, amirite?
He’s still looking for rocks saying “Cheese!” as I told him to smile for the camera.
I started looking at the rocks, too and saw that a lot of them had these neat striations on them.
Changing it up on the dock and throwing STICKS!
This trail was perfect for our activity.
George asked for a spot to take a break and this rock magically appeared.
We took 5.
The other end of the island has a neat overlook from which you can see the 40th Street Bridge.
On our way back we walked the residential area. We saw another three-year-old practicing his golf swing in a side yard. George took another break while I walked around some of the courts.
We pet some puppies on our way back to the footbridge, but not before we saw this neat Stegosaurus.
Almost to the car, we decided we needed some meatballs. We headed to the Bridgeside Market in Sewickley for the Biggest and Best Meatballs you can get!