more Pittsburgh

Whew: we had a big day walking Pittsburgh, starting with the Point State Park and carrying on through downtown. The Point is where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers meet and form the Ohio; it’s a geographical point of significance in the city’s history, because of its obvious military strategic importance, for one thing. It’s a lovely space, and site of the Fort Pitt Museum, which we each toured (taking turns, so that somebody could be with Hops at all times. Hops, my dearest ball and chain).

Then we walked on through downtown, visiting Market Square, seeing lots of old buildings (with Karen as tour guide), including the ornate old jail and courthouse…

And the old train station, whose astonishing rotunda totally captured my heart, which is why here are a bunch of pictures of it.

Gorgeous, gorgeous.

We took a little rest in the afternoon, and then I met (quite by accident) a neighbor of Karen’s who is a former Pittsburgh Steeler and celebrated local artist. I accompanied Baron on an ‘art drop’ to leave a painting at a local park for some lucky hiker to find.

I snuck in a couple of beer-related stops –

and Karen treated me (with guests Brian and Baron) to my first ever MOTH Story Slam! I’ve attended some MOTH-style events, but never a MOTH proper.

It was the perfect way to close out my busy time in Pittsburgh, a city I’d be happy to visit again.

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