Note: I’m learning that with Johnny, I need to break up the walks. This post took place over two days, 8/14/19 and 8/20/19
Unique Streets: 29
Miles Walked: 4.92 (8/14/19: 2.85, 8/20/19: 2.07)
Street Names (italicized have been walked on another day):
Part 1 (8/14/19) Reddour Street, Brim Way, Arch Street, Gentry Way, Veto Street, Sherman Avenue, Sampsonia Street, Jacksonia Street, Alpine Avenue, Pryor Way, Carrington Street, E. Jefferson Street, Saturn Way, Atlanta Street, Garfield Avenue, W. Jefferson Street, Monterey Street, Rednap Street, Buena Vista Street, O’Hern Street, Columbia Place, Brighton Road, Freedmore Street, McCullough Street, California Avenue, Brighton Place, Marquis Way, Mero Way, Pennsylvania Avenue, Offley Street, Riversea Road, W. North Avenue, Beech Avenue, Galveston Avenue, Western Avenue, W. Ohio Street, Ridge Avenue, Federal Street,
Part 2 (8/20/19) Strauss Street, Cross Street, N. Charles Street, Izora Street, Metcalf Street, Melrose Street, Irwin Avenue, Rolla Street, Yale Street, Ridgewood Street, Overlook Street, Geranium Street, Norman Street, McClinktock Avenue, Perrysville Avenue, Wilson Avenue, Drum Street, Holyoke Street, Chautauqua Street, Chautauqua Court, Farris Street.
Summer vacation is coming to a close so I have been taking every opportunity to drag Johnny along with me on walks. This post will cover two walks that we did in the Northside of Pittsburgh.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
First stop was the Port-a-potty in the park off of Federal Street where we found some dangerous paraphernalia.
We walked some of the same streets I’d already covered but there is no way to avoid that at this point. We passed by the married storm troopers again.
This time we took the opportunity to walk through some of the Allegheny Gardens.
Next stop was Randyland! I don’t know if it’s possible to stroll past this place without stopping in. Every time you go, you see something new.
After Randyland, we walked up Pryor Way which is more of a wildflower preserve than a street and saw a snake! I screamed when I almost stepped on it.
We saw these strangely-placed blinds on a front porch.
For the first few blocks of our walk, we thought it might start to rain. Then the sun came out. Like, REALLY came out. Johnny’s sweet disposition started to turn sour.
I walked a little bit up O’Hern while Johnny recuperated near the stairs on Buena Vista Street. We got back down onto flat ground and walked some streets in California-Kirkbride.
We made our way down to Western and had lunch at Bier’s Pub. I had a burger with raspberry balsamic-infused goat cheese and green apples while Johnny had a plain cheeseburger.
After lunch, I decided we would cool off in the Aviary for a bit. I don’t think Johnny had been there since before his 4-year-old brother was born.
We got to see the sloth!
and the flamingoes
Even though it was hot, it was a great walk.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Next week, we visited Perry South. We parked at the Cross and Strauss Parklet. This neighborhood is full of colorful murals.
There was also a large garden in a triangle lot on the corner of Strauss and N. Charles. You could almost hear the corn growing.
The other thing that this area of Perry South is filled with is abandoned streets aka the Perry South Greenway.
Metcalf Street was a pocked asphalt road that ran through a trash-filled forest.
Remnants of parties and houses were the only hints that we were in the middle of the city.
Back on the street, we had a climb ahead of us. Johnny took a rest.
The Hash House Harriers had recently been here.
Even the streets that were still used were giving way to nature.
This massive set of stairs called my name…
…until I turned around and saw what had become of Irwin Avenue.
You’re damn right we walked up it.
A waterfall, probably fueled by a ruptured water line, trickled down the outcrop of bedrock that lined one side of Irwin.
A long flight of stairs led to the spot of a long-gone residence.
The Rolla Street stairs sat at the bottom of Irwin and we went up, taking care on some of the wobbly cement risers.
At the top, we found another abandoned street.
We skirted around the barrier but couldn’t avoid the burs.
I don’t know how Johnny lived nine years without being attacked by burs but this was his first time. I’d underestimated these tiny hitchhikers’ ability to completely undermine the mood of my child. We had to sit down and pick every single one off his pants. The socks were a lost cause and we ended up tossing them once we got back to the car.
We walked some more but Johnny was still being irked by the burs. I think he felt personally attacked by them. I was able to make him laugh by pointing out this house which seemed to have a goofy face.
This house on Norman Street caught my eye because an outlet belonging to the neighboring house was still attached to the wood panneled-wall.
Soon, we found ourselves at the top of the stairs we’d seen earlier.
These stairs were also wobbly but a bit more frequented by commuters. I can say this with certainty because of the amount of garbage on the forest floor on the side of the steps.
I almost gave this cute/scary guy a hand hug as I was navigating the questionable stairs.
Back in the valley and getting closer to our car, we admired this mural.