Unique Streets: 12
Miles Walked: 2.67
Street Names (italicized names have been walked on another day): Schenley Drive, Roberto Clemente Drive, S. Bouquet Street, Pier Street, Argyle Way, Fiber Way, Ermine Way, Bates Street, Dimling Way, Dawson Street, Oakland Avenue, Atwood Street, Cable Place, Melba Place, Urie Way, Semple Street, Saint James Place, McKee Place, Louisa Street, Fresco Way, Meyran Avenue, York Way, Sennott Street, Forbes Avenue, Amos Hall, 5th Avenue, Bigelow Boulevard.
We knew the remnants of Hurricane Barry were coming but we wanted to get a quick walk in. There was a section of Central Oakland I’d neglected and it had been gnawing on me for a while. So, I parked near the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. I figured we could make a quick visit there if the started raining on our walk. I made sure Johnny’s phone was charged before we left so we could visit all of the many Pokestops Oakland offers. There were so many. This mural on the corner of Joncaire and S. Bouquet was a Pokestop and marked the entrance into Panther Hollow.
Another panther hung out in a small yard nearby.
This ‘Lost’ sign advertised a local head shop in Squirrel Hill.
We were nearing the cathedral and I decided we would go to the top so Johnny could see the wonderful view. When I was making this plan I somehow forgot that he is terrified of elevators. I’ve walked all the way to the top of the cathedral before and I knew that it was something Johnny would not be able to do. He begged me to walk up. I convinced him that the elevators would not spontaneously drop and we approached them.
Elevator use isn’t supposed to be all that complicated. They are so easy, in fact, that children love to push the buttons when they get inside or to call the car to their floor. When I went to Pitt in 2005, each elevator in the cathedral was marked with the floors it visited. You had to choose which elevator to use from the first floor. Now, each elevator has a small screen in front of it where you are to punch in which floor you want.
I forgot how many floors the cathedral had and thinking there were 32, we chose that floor. We got on the car with two women and we all noticed that there were no floor buttons inside. Near the door, a digital sign let us know which floor we were visiting next. One of the women said she thought there were 42. I didn’t think there were that many but I wasn’t sure. Quickly, we got to floor 32 and were met with a small hallway with three doors. One of the doors was a stairwell so we walked up two flights before the stairs ended. On the 34th floor we found another elevator with a small screen. I put 40 in and it said it wasn’t an accessible floor. I went all the way down until it let me punch in 36. We got on for a short ride up 3 floors and finally made it! It was worth all of the trouble and confusion.
Johnny was a little impressed but mostly scared of the height.
We looked all around and then took one more frightful (for Johnny) ride down. We exited the Cathedral and felt small raindrops. Luckily, the museum was right across the street. We caught a Pikachu on the Cathedral lawn and Johnny posed with it in the Hall of Architecture.
We visited all of our favorite spots in the museum like the row boat in the Arctic circle:
The big bear in the Mammal section:
and the section of mystery in the bird hall:
The last thing we had to do in the museum was get yelled at in the art section. I swear, I never try to do anything bad. I feel like they just pick on me. My infraction this time was carrying my water bottle. I had to stuff it into my waist pack while in that section.
After the museum, we had lunch at Union Grille and caught a few more Pokemon.
Johnny said it was “a Great Walk.”