Unique Streets: 1
Miles Walked: 3.69
Street Names (italicized have been walked on another day): 40th Street, Butler Street, 43rd Street, Pleasant Street, Cessna Way, 45th Street, Lawrence Street, 46th Street, Penn Avenue, Almond Way, Eden Way
Today was rare. It was the first cold day of the fall, I walked on a Saturday, and my friends Kristin and Amy were able to join me. I met Amy in elementary school in second grade and Kristin came to our school two years later in fourth. Amy has joined me quite a few times on my walks but Kristin never has. This walk took a few months to coordinate with all of our schedules. Since I knew we would be talking and reminiscing more than walking great lengths, I chose Lawrenceville for our walk. I’d already walked most of the streets but the Allegheny Cemetery has always been a glaring hole in my map. This was the perfect opportunity to walk some of it!
We started off on the corner of 40th and Butler Street and meandered towards the cemetery.
I pointed out the Zen of Yinz mural on the corner of Carlton and 46th and Amy insisted she had walked with me in this area. I repeatedly told her that she hadn’t. I told her I had proof that I was solo on my walk and HERE IT IS. 🙂
We found ourselves in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery and followed the interior road until we made it to Penn Avenue.
Once inside Allegheny Cemetery, we posed with one of my favorite tombs. Some people might say that having fun in a cemetery is disrespectful but I hope that once I am long gone, people will enjoy the beauty and solitude in the place where I am buried.
One of my missions on this walk was to find the shark tombstone belonging to Lester C. Madden. Success!
The time change hadn’t happened yet so it was still sunny and warm at 4PM.
The geese were enjoying the warmth while searching for grubs.
We spent some time at the lakes searching for gators. We didn’t see any but did see a turtle retreating to the bottom when we walked by. He was too fast to get a picture.
As we were walking down one path, a blast from the past assaulted my nostrils. When we were all students at St. James Elementary School in Sewickley, there were Gingko trees in the parking lot where we had recess. The leaves are fan shaped and turn from green to yellow in the fall. This is also the time when the gingko fruit fall onto the ground and spread a sickly rotting smell in the air around the tree. I stopped our group and said: “I smell Gingkos!” We looked down and sure enough, the gingko leaves and berries littered the ground. Amy said that she used to make flowers with them at recess. I don’t know where I was during those times because I had never done that. We started gathering leaves like we were 5th graders.
My flower was sad.
Theirs were more impressive.
When we were done, we deposited them at a nearby grave of a young child.
Near the castle-like entrance to the cemetery, we saw some of the biggest monkey balls I’ve ever seen.
After our short walk, we headed to the Abbey on Butler for a drink. The Monkey ball came too.
Check out all of the pictures I took on Google Photos.