Unique Streets: 22
Miles Walked: 5.19
Street Names (italicized have been walked on another day):
Winterburn Avenue, Tan Way, Minnesota Street, Exposition Way, Blanton Way, Greer Street, Glen Lytle Road, Loretto Road, Forbush Way, Shields Street, Sun Way, Lydia Street, Moose Way, Farnsworth Street, Coyne Terrace, Rupple Way, Hoosac Street, Denmarsh Street, Greenfield Avenue, Donegal Way, Coleman Street, Alger Street, Neeb Street, Ronald Street, Boulevard Drive, Beechwood Boulevard, Monitor Street, Ludwick Street, Victory Way, Bills Way, Saline Street, Timberline Court, Federal Hill Street, Loretta Street, Melbourne Street, Deely Street, Delevan Street, Norfolk Street, Millington Road, Frank Street, Iola Way, Graphic Street.
On a frigid day in mid-November, I took another walk in Greenfield. The night before, it had been just barely cold enough to turn precipitation into snow. The ground was warm enough that when the snow landed, some of it began to melt. Then the temperature dropped down fast like it had just seen a state trooper. The melting snow turned to ice and covered roadways and sidewalks. I decided to walk anyways.
I started my walk going up the apropos Winterburn Avenue. Quickly, I realized how dangerous this walk could be, so I took care on the shady ice-covered streets. In an alley called Tan Way, I saw signs of a recent move out. A mattress and box spring, propped up against a massive pile of garbage, were covered in a chilly blanket of snow.
Around the front of the now-empty house, I noticed a police officer knocking on the door. He knocked a few times and when no one answered, he started walking back to his SUV that was parked in the middle of the street. I was trying to navigate the slippy road around his lumbering vehicle when he abruptly asked me what I was doing.
“Just taking a walk!”
He looked at me like I had ten heads, “In this? Do you live around here?”
This man seemed to be wholesomely curious. I told him that I lived all the way out past the airport. He cheerfully scoffed and proceeded to ask me more questions. “Why are you all the way out here? Do you work around here?”
I told him I was walking all of the streets of Pittsburgh and that seemed to be enough for him. He told me to stay warm and drove off. As I approached the next intersection, the police officer was there on his way out to greater Greenfield.
“You must be a home maker if you can spend your days out walking. What does your husband do?”
I told him all about it and he told me about his new air fryer and what he likes to cook in it. We talked for a good five minutes about a random selection of topics.
Eventually, he drove away, and I continued walking, now wondering if there was a clinic somewhere that I could fix my nervous habit of talking too much to strangers.
I avoided a street-sized ice patch as a man got into his warmed-up truck. I turned to face a steep street that resembled a skating pond. I paused on the side to let the man in the truck pass by on the narrow street when he opened his window and pointed: “That side for you!” He was pointing at the snow-covered stairs that served as a sidewalk on this block.
“Oh! Yeah, it’s a little bit slippery so I’m gonna walk on the street once you pass.”
The man drove away, and I cautiously navigated the road.
I noticed some signs that warm weather wasn’t so long ago.
This black squirrel new the weather was turning and was busy scavenging for food. I love black squirrels and try to get a picture of them every time I see them.
The hills of Greenfield were definitely warming me up and I had to stop and inspect this cornerstone. I’ve never heard of a church using this sort of terminology.
This South facing glass studio is probably beautiful from the inside.
I took a long walk down Beechwood Boulevard making sure I didn’t slip on the multiple ice patches.
Thanks Moms, that was a fun walk.
After my walk, I headed to Big Jims in the run for lunch. Holy Salad!
After that, I headed to Lawn/Ayers Streets in South Oakland that I had researched, and was pretty sure was in this picture:
The street continues past this barrier but all of the houses in the original are gone.