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Kayaking Weekend!

Steve and I rarely do date-y type things anymore. No matter how we switch things around, our schedules just never seem to sync up. So we’re working hard at doing more fun things together on the few days we manage to have off from work at the same time.

This Saturday, we went kayaking! Pittsburgh has an AWESOME program called Venture Outdoors which brings outdoor activities and programs to the people of the city! One of their offshoots is Kayak Pittsburgh. Stationed all over the city are little kayak rental places, one of which is about a two mile walk from our house!

Here’s a nice view of the city from the Heritage Trail, complete with blimp!

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but my boyfriend works for Pittsburgh’s river boat company and here’s one of the boats he works on– the Duchess!

One of the many sights from the river is Heinz Field! If you’re into football, then you know this is where the Steelers play (that day was the day before the first game of the season, so it’s still quiet and empty all around the area).

Right next to the field is something a little more interesting to me, personally. It’s a monument to Mr. Rogers who started his show Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood right here in Pittsburgh! A gentle person in a tough town– but still very important to the people here. May he rest in peace.

A group of three lady ducks started following us near the stadium, never getting too close (you can see I was trying to pet them!). They were waiting to see if we were give them some food, I s’pose. Sorry ladies! We didn’t have any!

Now HERE’S a sportsball game place I love! PNC park. It may come as a surprise, but I’m a huge lover of baseball. It’s such a refreshing sport. It brings people together in a kinder way than I think most sports do. And at only $11 per ticket, its one of mine and my boyfriend’s (that him in that picture) places to go!

A view of a portion of Pittsburgh’s lovely Knit the Bridge project, midway through being taken down. It was a huuuge and record-breaking project that really united communities here in the city. People would knit and contribute a giant panel to be hung on the bridge in the biggest “yarn-bombing” of all time so far! These blankets are now being donated to homeless shelters, women’s shelters, and animal shelters all over the city. A lovely project for a lovely cause!

Sorry I’ve posted so few pictures. They’re pretty lo-fi, since I don’t have a DSLR yet (oh how I want one!) and it’s hard to capture pictures while you’re floating down the river in a little boat. I’m going to try to get some good shots of my neighborhood soon, too, because it’s about 1,000,000 years old and craaaazy interesting!

Talk to y’all again soon!