Unique Streets: 14
Miles Walked: 6.5
Street Names: (italicized have been walked on another day): W. Station Square Drive, Greenleaf Street, Bradley Street, Fingal Street, Republic Street, Grandview Avenue, Bigham Street, Vaux Way, Redoak Way, Piermont Street, Labelle Street, Olympia Road, Pennridge Road, Bigham Road, Sulgrave Road, Virginia Avenue, Amabell Street, Omaha Street, Merrimac Street, W. Sycamore Street, No Name, Ulysses Street, Ebbs Way, Bertha Street, Kearsarge Street, Havelock Way, Fetzer Street, Wabash Tunnel, Commerce Drive
Did you know that the Duquesne Incline only accepts exact change for their fare? I wish I had known this useful tidbit of information before I’d spent $8 parking my car at Station Square.
I got into the lobby to see the couple ahead of me turned away for trying to pay with a ten dollar bill and so I turned around too. The easy way to walk the handful of streets I was missing was to get back in my car and drive to them. I did not do that. Instead, I walked down W. Carson Street, entered the West End Circle (intersection?) and walked all the way up the collapsing Greenleaf Street. It wasn’t the easy way but it was worth it. As these things usually are.
Since I’d already walked the majority of Greenleaf Street on another day, I decided to go offroading on the Emerald View Trail that winds around Duquesne Heights and Mount Washington. It was definitely the way to go. At one point, I looked back on the trail I was walking and realized that it zigzagged back a bit, closer to the steep drop off into West End. The view was mesmerizing but not too much. The ground was ever-sloping towards the cliff and I was careful not to get too caught up in the sight.
I saw not a single person but plenty of flora and fauna. Chipmunks and squirrels darted across the path, over fallen logs, and out of sight. It was paradise.
After my all too brief walk in the woods, I made it back onto the streets and found myself in Duquesne Heights. I’d already walked all of these streets but decided to walk different parts of them to fill in my map.
This flag pole decoration gave me a creepy pause.
This minature stagecoach made me laugh
On Grandview Avenue, the views did not disappoint
This storefront made me do a double take because of the placard out front.
And this house for a similar reason
I stopped by Bigham Tavern for a yummy lunch and then continued walking to finally walk the streets I needed to add to my collection.
Parking is at a premium in this area but apparently, people don’t care.
I am always careful to look down when I walk (snakes and human poop are there) and at least once a walk, I find a coin. If the coin is tails up, I flip it over and walk away. If it’s heads up, I take it for good luck. On this walk, I found my first coin that was minted in my birth year. Double good luck!
After I walked the streets I needed, I made my way back to Grandview towards the Monongahela Incline. Now I had exact change. I noticed this strange column on the sidewalk that seemed to have a ventilation system in it. The top was what appeared to be a cell phone tower but it was still strange enough to give me pause.
At the top of Emerald View Park again, I took in the city.
I walked onto the overlook to get a picture of the length of Wood Street.
As I was trying to line the picture up perfectly, I accidentally bumped into a woman who was standing there with her husband. I apologized and asked them where they were from.
At this point I got excited because my family had just visited. I told them about how Birmingham is known as the Pittsburgh of the South and that the downtowns both shut down at the end of business. They laughed and we talked about Pittsburgh, the South, and how they were more similar than different. The wife was in town for a conference and so her husband had been spending his free time walking all over the city. I gave then some local recommendations and headed down the incline.
I took a timelapse of the trip:
When I got down on the trail leading to where I parked, I found a Pittsburgh Protractor!