Pittsburgh Autumn

Pittsburgh is a city of hills and trees. The hills create the diverse neighborhoods that make up Pittsburgh’s blend of ethnic cultures from Germantown to Polish Hill. The trees are a wonderful blend of hardwood trees that make for amazing parks and spectacular fall colors. This view of downtown from Schenley Oval.

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Pittsburgh Autumn

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Fort Pitt

The Fort Pitt Museum is at the site of the old Fort Pitt Blockhouse at the confluence of the Ohio River. The museum is interesting and the docents dress in clothing from the era. Only the blockhouse remains but the size of the original fort was is quite large and outlined by a concrete walking path.

Some of the original artillery is still functional. Periodically they fire the big canon and the presentation is fun and LOUD!

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Fort Pitt

Fort Pitt

Lighting The Fort Pitt Cannon

The Fort Pitt Museum is at the site of the old Fort Pitt Blockhouse at the confluence of the Ohio River. The Fort is outlined b a concrete path, only the block house remains. Some of the original artillery is still functional. Periodically they fire the big canon and the presentation is fun and LOUD!

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Lighting The Fort Pitt Cannon

Iao’s Needle

Every time we go to Maui we make sure we leave time to go Īao Valley State Park and the wonderful Gardens at Kepaniwai County park. The first time we were there was 28 years ago and I was saddened to learn that the parks were damaged severely last week. As of today Īao Valley State Monument on Maui, will remain closed indefinitely due to extensive damage from heavy rain and flooding that occurred on the night of Sept. 13 and early morning on Sept. 14, 2016.

“Our inspections show that the (ʻĪao Stream) Wailuku River course has changed and is significantly wider, cutting into state park land that contained public access features. The stream is heavily silted and cobbled with new material and landslides on both sides of the stream are evident,” said Curt Cottrell, Department of Land and Natural Resources State Parks division administrator.

I hope no one was injured although I believe several lost their homes which is injury enough. I know the spirit of the Hawaiian people and am sure the park will reopen soon but “mother nature” did some real damage and it will take hard work and dedication.

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Iao's  Needle Maui Hawaii

Iao’s Needle Maui Hawaii

Iao Valley State Park

Iao Valley State Park

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Run Around the Square

This year I am happy to serve on the board of Run Around The Square which is a 5K race and fun run in the Regent Square neighborhood of Pittsburgh. It is also in my opinion the best race of its kind in Pittsburgh. Now Pittsburgh has a lot of footraces including the Pittsburgh Marathon. However in our race you get to run through Frick Park and with musicians entertaining the runners along the route. At the end of the race there are free hot dogs, soft drinks and beer in Fern Hollow. It’s kind of of hard to top that and the hot dogs are from D’s SixPax and Dogz our very own Hot Dog emporium.

I will probably be writing about this a lot during the year but registration has just opened for the race which takes place on nAugust 27. To register for the 5K or the one mile fun run (with or without your dog), follow this link.

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Along the route in Frick Park

Along the route in Frick Park

Camo Turtle

There were three turtles sitting on a log near a seven foot alligator. This turtle was closest to the gator and covered himself with all this gunk as if to hide himself from the predator. It seemed to be working.

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Camo Turtle

Camo Turtle

Frick Park Fairy Doors

Frick Park in Pittsburgh is over 650 acres and the largest in the city. It has a wonderful collection of trails, two dog parks,playgrounds, baseball fields and even an occasional black bear can be spotted along with deer, rabbits and other forest creatures. Unknown to me until recently is that apparently fairies or Leprechauns also live in the park.

Along the Tranquil trail you can find many of these doors built in to tree stumps or even living trees. I have asked people about them and some say that parents construct them with their children. I don’t believe that for a minute. They must be fairy doors. I mean what else can they be?

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Fairy Door

Fairy Door