A few weeks ago, we went to Pittsburgh so Emily could participate in some training. The kids and I basically tromped around the city on foot and saw some interesting things. Of particular interest to me (and not at all for the kids) were the bridges. Of course, Pittsburgh is famous for its bridges…the number of them if not the beauty.
So we walked from our hotel in the downtown area across several of the bridges and saw some pretty neat things. I pretty much don’t think about bridges at all as I drive over them. Rarely do I get the chance to walk on them so it was pretty cool to sort of explore the bridges in Pittsburgh with my kids.
The “art of steel” that holds those bridges up is really interesting and somehow appealing to look at for me. Maybe it’s the guy in me who still likes to play with matchbox cars and tonka toys and the like, but I really liked standing on the bridge admiring its strength (I feel so inferior). I guess I am pretty fascinated by the parts that make up the bridge…imagining the folks hammering and twisting and cursing the pieces into place. Pittsburgh sort of means all that to me anyhow.
We also saw some more human things there including tons of gum and the graffiti that seemed too philosophical to be left as a scrawling on a wall…though more people probably saw that than if it had been written somewhere more “appropriate”. We saw panhandlers on the bridge and the kids had some serious questions for me about their plight.
Once again, I am reminded to take time to smell the…uh…bridge? Well, I guess I’ll stick to smelling the roses but if you get a chance, spend time exploring a bridge. You won’t be disappointed! Most of these pictures were of the Roberto Clemente bridge by the way….