Unique Streets: 43
Miles Walked: 6.48
Street Names (italicized have been walked on another day): Oakridge Street, Brookline Boulevard, Hobson Street, Eliria Way, Merrick Avenue, Freedom Avenue, Bush Way, Seaton Street, July Way, Eben Street, Shire Way, Harcor Drive, Creedmoor Place, Shire Place, Breining Street, Parklyn Street, Georgette Street, Sunbeam Way, Aaron Avenue, Minor Way, Kohen Street, Pontoon Way, Groveland Street, Investor Way, Morton Street, Flute Way, Alstead Street, Wychelm Street, Bernard Street, Newlynn Street, Redbird Way, Richfield Street, Pinecastle Avenue, Mossrose Way, Glenbury Street, Seldon Place, Seldon Street, Fernery Way, Briggs Street, Huff Way, Cortina Way, Jacob Street, Vineland Street, Braid Way, Guide Way, Reamer Street, Altmar Street, Bellaire Place, Greencrest Drive, Roseville Street.
Could that be, the sun? Here in Pittsburgh it’s late January and we haven’t seen the sun yet this year. That might be a slight exaggeration but it seems like it’s been weeks!
I was a little bit too excited to see my own shadow (it’s there I promise.)
It was cold but I knew that hills would put a stop to the chill in no time. I headed towards the Brookline/Overbrook section of the city to see if I could find some.
I found some free parking in the Brookline Memorial Park which sits in a low spot. So that meant I had to go up. I took care to avoid streets I’d already walked in this area and was focused on that when I came across this guy:
A blast from the past hit me because it looked almost exactly like a toy alligator my brother and I used to scare each other with.
“Mom, I’m gonna take a bath! AHHHHHHH!”
The toy alligator would be in the tub. Other times it was hiding under the covers or peaking out from under the bed. This one wasn’t interested in scaring, he was just absorbing some rare sun. He wouldn’t be the first gator I would see.
In addition to strange reptiles, I also came across a few strange intersections:
Why is it that some streets don’t get a single sign but July Way gets two?
Why is there a sign for Shire Way when it’s merely a muddy pathway between yards?
The heavy cover of clouds was slowly burning away and it felt great!
Now that I was at a sufficient altitude, the UPMC building was visible from every turn.
This sweet dog was behind an invisible fence and really wanted some pets. I didn’t want to trespass so I just said Hello!
This yard had almost every holiday represented in decorations. Don’t confuse me. Is it October?
Or is it August?
This boy seemed to think it was late summer. Check out his shades!
I had another period of confusion when I noticed that house numbers on Bernard Street just didn’t make any sense.
They seemed to jump from the 2300s to the 400s to the 300s and then back to the 300s. I scanned the area for a mail carrier because they are the experts on addresses but I couldn’t see a single soul on this insane street. If you know, drop a comment.
Near the railroad tracks that run parallel to Saw Mill Run Boulevard I noticed a bright plastic shape in the tall weeds. No. That’s can’t be what I think it is.
Yes, it was. I wonder how long the unwanted pet lasted in the wilderness. 🙁 I wonder if he found shelter in this abandoned structure.
After I passed this creepy house I felt like someone was watching me.
He was creepy but not as creepy as these planters.
The sun was disappearing again but this homemade yard train brought promises of warm summer days.
Google Maps told me that there were stairs going from Vineland to Aaron but they were largely out of commission. I took the long way to get down Aaron.
I took Aaron to Braid to Jacob and found a spectacular path through the woods.
On my way up and out, the stairs gave me words of encouragement.
At the top I found myself in Brookline again very near to. my car. I was no longer cold. Mission accomplished.