On Monday, Carolyn Ann was briefly pulled from the water to check for any damage that might have occurred on the way up. Off an on there had been large pieces of debris in the water and several times it sounded like the props had taken a pretty good hit. Once Joe had a chance to see underneath, though, he found that no damage had been done. That was the good news. The bad news was that the bow thruster didn't work on the way back to our slip. Hmmm. After many phones calls and much consternation, the decision was made to replace the batteries that power the bow thruster and anchor windlass, as well as the charger for the batteries. Then there was the matter of this small puddle in the engine room. Eventually, Joe found that there was a small crack in a pipe near the pump that brings potable water to our faucets. Just another little chore to keep him busy.
After our tour we drove to Seven Springs for dinner and to spend the night. Years ago (36 maybe?), Joe's parents had rented a place there and all the family had gone up to ski. Its gotten bigger since then, but we had a good dinner and enjoyed catching up on all the family news with Rick and Carol.
Again we were struck by many of the details built into the house, but maybe the thing that stuck with me most was in the kitchen and not a part of Wright's design. It's a Frigidaire cook top in a Murphy bed design. In the photo, one of the four burners is flopped down for use while the other three are up out of the way. The kitchen is very small so the additional counter space is great. We were told that you could even unplug the burner and plug it in somewhere else, like on a buffet table. These were only marketed for a few years in the 1950's but I can't understand why. Think of induction burners done this way, maybe.
By that time we were all starting to get hungry, well, I was anyway. Prompted by friends (Henry) and my 1000 Places to See Before You Die book, we decided to stop by Primanti Bros.' original Strip District location. They mostly serve "almost famous"sandwiches, and have since the 1930's. You can get pretty much any meat you want, but all the sandwiches are topped with cole slaw, tomatoes and french fries. Yes, the fries are on the sandwich. Joe and Randy went for the Colossal fish sandwich which turned out to be no exaggeration!
The next day Randy and Barb left for a road trip back to Virginia.
Trying to see the real roots of Pittsburgh, Joe and I toured the Carrie Furnaces. Out of service since the early 1980's, two of the former seven furnaces are still standing. Our docent, Gary, had started working there shortly after graduating from high school in 1970, following in his father and grandfather's footsteps. We all signed waivers and Gary took us through the steps from the arrival of iron ore, limestone and coke to the final product of molten iron, which was then sent via the Hot Metal Bridge across the Monongahela to be made into steel. The process was actually quite interesting and Gary's knowledge of it was extensive with the added bonus of stories from his father and grandfather's times there.
Later that day, we went to Clayton, Henry Clay Frick's Pittsburgh home. Of all the guilded age millionaire's mansions that existed here, Clayton is the only one that survives intact. It was donated by Frick's unmarried daughter at her death and so had never gone into disrepair as many do. All of the furnishing remained also. The woodwork inside was beautiful - and also un-photographical. By the end of our tour, the skies had opened up with thunder, lightning and a terrific downpour - so we also don't have any exterior photos!
Since we'd covered steel, Joe went on a search and found a coal mine we could tour. Tour Ed coal mine was a working mine and has been converted into an educational facility. Before we donned our hard hats for the tour, we were given a short lecture on the history of the methods and tools used by coal miners through the years. Once in the mine, there were displays of the different machinery used from the 1800's through the mid-1900's. Again our guide, a mining engineer, had first hand knowledge through his career as a federal mine inspector.
Having finally received all the necessary equipment and instructions, Joe spent the next few days finalizing the repairs on the boat. Randy and Barb had returned from a trip to VA and we had a visit, by car, from Carl and Lois (Puffin) who spend their summers in Ohio. (You may remember we stopped to visit them last summer on our trip across Lake Erie.) All the rental cars returned and chores completed, it was time to move on. Our plan was to go up the Monongahela River (The Mon) to Morgantown, WV, until Joe found out that one of the locks on the way was closed until August 3. We were planning to travel with Randy and Barb, so after a meeting we decided to stay at Fox Chapel through the weekend. Enterprise has a good weekend rate, so we split a rental car and decided to do some more sightseeing together.
The next day was spent in the Heinz History Center - five floors of exhibits. We didn't even get through half of them, but what we saw was really well done and very interesting.
Station Square is located close to Pittsburgh's light rail - the T. On it, we could go downtown and across the Allegheny to the North Side. We took the T to the Andy Warhol Museum. Joe had not been excited about this one, but had decided to go along. Included with our admission was a 30 minute "gallery talk." The subject of the talk is different each day of the week. The day we were there, the it was given by one of Warhol's nephews. The half hour talk turned into more than an hour of stories about visiting "Uncle Andy," the family history and the man behind the art. It gave us a new slant on the man and the art.
After dinner we took one last ride up the incline to see the lights of Pittsburgh.
We've loved our time in Pittsburgh - it's beautiful, a great mix of old and new and too much to do!
Family note: daughter Caitlin is moving to Redmond, WA!
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