I am typing today from my son’s apartment. He is working and his fiance is at a bridal shower for her cousin. Hubby is at a friends house, working on making the drawers for our hall closet, the one we use for a pantry. So, it’s just me and Binx, Billy and Renee’s kitty. I must tell you it is a bit strange, being in my son’s place. Doing laundry, no less! How’s that for a switch? Anyway, I am saving our Lancaster stuff for the next post, this one will be about finishing up our time in Pittsburgh! But, before I go, just a pic of Binx – he is a cutie!
While in Pittsburgh, we spent some time at Dereks place. He has a very nice condo and lives with his kitty, Beat. As in music. A bit of an odd name for a kitty, but original, and I like it. Beat is very shy around strangers, and does not like to be touched by people she doesn’t know.
Bill really likes to hike. I like the idea of hiking, being out in nature, getting exercise, but to me, it becomes boring after awhile. Just walking around in trees. I don’t mind it as much if there is some type of reward for the hike, like some awesome views or something. So, it is a bit of a challenge for Bill to find somewhere nearby that I wouldn’t mind hiking. He found a park not far from the CG called Harrison Hills, in Natrona Heights, the next town over from where we were. We took the Scout Trail, which circled the park and was a total of about 5 miles. There was a fair amount of mud on the hike, as I have mentioned before, there was a LOT of rain! But, there was a view at the top, so it was all good!
We had enjoyed our bike ride so much last time, we decided to do it again! This time the weather wasn’t as cooperative, unfortunately! It was fine initially, but we ended up having to hang out under an awning of a doctors office building, waiting for the heaviest part of the rain to stop before heading back to the car.
I had mentioned last time that Billy and Renee were coming up to Pittsburgh for 4th of July weekend. I had wanted something fun for all of us to do together. I made a few suggestions and learned that Renee had never been whitewater rafting and it was a bucket list item for her! So, I checked into a few different outfitters and decided on Whitewater Adventures, which is in Ohiopyle, PA. Actually they all are there, but this one had the best reviews. Some of the outfitters gave a choice if you wanted a “guide escorted” trip, which meant the guides were in kayaks, not in your boat with you, or you could pay (a lot) extra for a guide in your boat. Whitewater Adventures also offered both these options, but they also had a policy that if the water levels were high (over 4′) then for no additional charge, there was a guide in every boat. I liked the sound of that since the water levels were VERY high – more than 3X normal! I booked it and hoped for a nice warm sunny day. This was especially important since the water temp was 58 degrees! That’s cold! Of course, we had the option of renting wet-suits, but who really WANTS to wear that? Not me!
It was still fairly cloudy when we arrived and got into our gear, lifevests and helmets.
We had a really great trip on the Youghiogheny River! Our guide, Liz, was very good – kept us safe and no one went in the water! Derek almost did at one point, but he has both his feet locked in and was able to pull himself back up with only a shoulder kissing the river.
The featured pic today was one taken by Whitewater Adventures from the side of the river as we went down. Here are a few more:
After we got back and changed into our dry clothes, we drove down into Ohiopyle. We were all very hungry! Derek suggested a BBQ place he had eaten at many times, so we headed there! It was VERY good! We also walked around a bit, and then had some ice cream! Ohiopyle is a very cute little town, reminded me of the towns we spent time in when we were in NC.
my black and white for this post:
Sunday, the kids all came up to the CG and Bill and I made our famous baby back ribs! They were much thicker than the ones we usually get – so we cooked them a lot longer – about 6 hours at 225 degrees! Then Bill finished them on the grill – YUMMY!
Since Michelle had to work the next day, Billy and Renee stayed overnight with us and left out the next morning.
So that wraps up our time in Pittsburgh. We left that Wednesday and headed east, it took us about 5 hours to get to Lancaster, where we got all set up at Circle M, a Thousand Trails CG. I’ll tell you all about it next time!