Unique Streets: 13
Miles Walked: 4.43
Street Names (italicized have been walked on another day): Topaz Street, Stamar Way, Friendship Avenue, S. Saint Clair Street, Euclair Way, Baum Boulevard, Commerce Street, Centre Avenue, East Side Pedestrian Bridge, Ellsworth Avenue, Tay Way, College Street, Pierce Street, Maryland Avenue, Summerlea Street, S. Negley Avenue, Myrtle Way, Elmer Street, Ivy Street, Filbert Street, Tara Way, Culloden Way, Bellefonte Street, Roslyn Place, S. Aiken Avenue, Saint James Place, Saint James Terrace, S. Graham Street, Japonica Way, Brownell Street, Potter Street, Noble Street, Claybourne Street, Hagy Place, Dapper Way, Roup Ave, Stratford Avenue, Ravoux Way, Amber Street
Today, my entourage was comprised of Johnny, Sophia, and my friend Alexis. He had barely missed meeting me when I walked in Fairywood but we were able to walk together today.
We met at the Enright Parklet in East Liberty and the kids (and Alexis) played for a few minutes before we set off. Because the kids were with us, I knew the walk had to be relatively flat and somewhat short. I also tried to include interesting things for them to look at/play on. It wasn’t hard to do in this area of the city. This door on Euclair labeled “Fun House” was locked.
Alexis asked the kids if they wanted to see a dinosaur and they did! We made our way towards GPOA on Centre Avenue to check out a bony stegosaurus.
We were close to Whole Foods and neither kid had ever been there. In the loading dock of the store, we took a photo in a concave mirror (one of Alexis’ favorite shots to take.)
Sophia said the store smelled really good. She got a coconut & pineapple macaron ice cream sandwich and Johnny chose a frog cookie.
I hadn’t shopped at Whole Foods since Amazon.com took them over and was delighted to see that Prime members get a discount if the cashier scans a code in their Amazon App.
After the snack shopping, we went towards the pedestrian bridge that spans the busway and railroad tracks.
On Ellsworth we stopped every few feet to look at something colorful.
We found a rogue shopping cart in the wild and had to take a picture. Alexis loves finding these and if you ever wondered why I always take pictures of them, it’s so I can send them to him.
A man nearby who saw Alexis getting in the cart said it looked like a disaster waiting to happen. We were careful and everyone got out alive. and uninjured.
We stopped outside of GalleriE CHIZ and loved all of the mosaics.
The kids begged to run down this tiny space and I let them.
On the rainbow crosswalk I let the kids take a picture we never would have gotten if Sophia’s mother had been there. Sorry Amy!
The kids continued to walk creatively.
It was then that I remembered the fabled wooden street in Shadyside. Alexis said he knew exactly where it was. But we had a few streets to walk before we got there.
Ivy Street was getting a fresh layer of asphalt and in spite of the crinkly noses of the kids, we walked all the way down to the busway.
Right after this picture was taken on Ellsworth, Johnny and Sophia had some sort of an argument.
He decided not to talk for the next 20 minutes. I’m not looking forward to his teenage mood swings. 🙄
Finally, we got to Roslyn Place and we got to walk on the street made of wooden bricks.
One of my favorite things about the wooden blocks was being able to see the knots in the trees from which they were cut.
On Japonica Way we found a strange door in a yard. Johnny was going to open it but I told him he better be careful. Maybe that door opens to a parallel universe. He didn’t open it.
On our way to the other pedestrian bridge, we walked around the Boys & Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania and enjoyed the murals on the side of the building.
Johnny still wasn’t talking and I realized he was probably hangry. We skipped a few streets and basically bee-lined to the Market District Giant Eagle. Alexis departed our company and the kids and I got some lunch. Johnny’s mood improved like magic.
After lunch, we made our way back to the car and the kids were friends again. It reminds me of a saying I’ve seen in a few places.