| By Peter H Vanderwaart
- Stamford, Connecticut - USA
In the middle of May, my wife spent a weekend in
Pittsburgh. We stayed in a downtown hotel. On Saturday
morning, I went out for a walk. I started by crossing
the Roberto Clemente (6th St.) bridge, from which
I took the first picture.
I started by
crossing the Roberto Clemente (6th St.) bridge,
from which I took the first picture.
The foreground is the Allegany River, and the background
is PNC Park, home of the Pirates. The boathouse houses
a couple river rescue craft owned by the city. The
roof of the boathouse is about 630 feet from home
plate (as measured by Google Earth), so it’s
probably pretty safe from bombardment. The folks in
the yellow kayak came close aboard the buoy, read
a message attached to it, and paddled off again. I
guess they were involved is some sort of clue-following
game, perhaps a treasure hunt. On the land, I encountered
a couple bicyclists doing a similar thing.
Wandering down the river, I encountered some people
who seemed to be setting up some kind of river festival.
I don’t know if the boats in the second picture
were involved with that, but I did think the tow boat
looked pretty shipshape.
|I encountered some
people who seemed to be setting up some kind of
On my way back, I got a picture of two interesting
craft on the upstream side of the bridge. I later
learned that they are dragon boats that belong to
a city-sponsored youth group. The dragon heads aren’t
fitted, but you can see they each have a big tom-tom
in the stern. Pittsburgh has a Dragon Boat Festival
in the fall.
heads aren’t fitted, but you can see they
each have a big tom-tom in the stern.
I walked back to the park sometime after lunch to
find the event in full swing. It appeared to be the
project of Venture
Outdoors. There were about 100 kids fishing
in the river using poles supplied by an exhibitor.
(One man landed a fish of about 15 inches to applause
from crowd.) Several other vendors combined to supply
kayaks to for people to try. There were too many,
too spread out for me to get more than about a third
of them in one picture. It made a colorful scene.
|I walked back to
the park sometime after lunch to find the event
in full swing.
In addition, there were land exhibits from a variety
of retailers in the fishing, boating and hiking lines,
as well as conservation groups, youth groups, public
health agencies, etc. Bicycles were available for
trial on the same terms as the boats.
If you walk a little farther, you see a different
sort of boat altogether. This one belongs to the Carnegie
Science Center and was not part of the
Vendor Outdoors event.
If you walk
a little farther, you see a different sort of
Thinking about it afterward, I decided that this
is the sort of event that only a tourist would find
remarkable. We sometimes place too little emphasis
on what happends in our own home towns. Great weather
and everyone looked to be having a great time. I say
kudos to everyone, not least to the City of Pittsburgh
for building a really nice park.