Pretty Pittsburgh – Part IV

Drone shot of the view from our campground

By Sunday, we’d had lots of practice with the drone and were eager to try it some place new. 

So Damon took us to the Duquesne Incline, a funicular that takes you above the city of Pittsburgh, near Three River Stadium.

Amazing view of Pittsburgh

The view was amazing. Damon got some great video of the city with the drone, while I was trying to distract the kids. Fortunately, mini-man did good on the train as long as he was in my lap 😋

Replaced the jack for the third time!

On our final day, we stayed at the campground, enjoying the scenery and finishing projects. Specifically, the tongue jack that we bent. Damon had to saw off the old one in order to get the new one on!

All good things must come to an end
Not too bad for five days – lots accomplished. Now onto Ohio!

Pretty Pittsburgh – Part II

School of Arts – where Damon spent most if his college days

After a rough ride to Mountain Top Campground, we were really excited to go exploring. First stop – Carnegie Mellon.

Beautiful campus

Damon was very excited to show us his Alma Matter. And I can see why, the campus is beautiful. I could imagine waking around or studying on the lawn. What was strange to me was how small the campus was.

The student returns 16 years later

I went to UCF, a state school in Central Florida, which is one of the largest in the nation. I’m used to huge classrooms, parking garages, and lots of amenities close by. In contrast, Carnegie Mellon is in the middle of a busy city area, mostly street parking, and had few amenities close by. I saw no fast food restaurants close, whereas UCF had several.

The buildings were amazing

I thoroughly enjoyed waking around the campus, seeing where Damon spent his college years. It was amazing to see such gorgeous architecture and feel a bit jealous that he got to go to school there.  

We stopped for lunch at Essie’s Original Hot Dog Spot, a local restaurant famous for it’s hot dogs and ‘O’ fries. They were so good that little-dude decided he had to try some of mine 😄

Future architect??

We spent the rest of the afternoon shopping. While staying in small towns for a few weeks is peaceful, it means it’s hard to find somethings we needed, like a mattress, Costco for diapers, and places to get some new clothes for me. 

It was so great to stock up on grocery items, and even find my mattress. All-in-all, a very productive day. See what happened next during our stay in Pretty Pittsburgh – Part III.

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Pretty Pittsburgh – Part I

When we break stuff, we do it well

Our journey to Pittsburgh got off to a rocky start. Our campsite at Fourmile Creek was very soft, which made it hard to hookup the trailer to the  car. So Damon only hooked up partway and moved us to the street to finish. But as we were about to leave, we forgot to raise our brand new electric jack and bent it. In fact, we bent it so far that we couldn’t remove it from the trailer. 

Pulled over for a break from driving. Nice to have your house with you to take break in

Fortunately, Damon was able to raise it enough so we could travel safely. A nice part of our Pittsburgh stop is we’re here for a week, so we have time to order a new jack, plus some other things, from Amazon and get them before we leave. (Gotta love Prime and free two-day shipping).

What a greeting!

Thanks to these mishaps, we arrived at Mountain Top Campground just before sunset, which turned out to be a blessing because we were greeted with this view and sunset 😍. 

Lots to do!

We had a long list of things to do in Pittsburgh, so we started the next day in full speed and didn’t stop for the whole week. Check out Pretty Pittsburgh – Part II to see what we did 😊

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