Happy October! We are in the midst of my favorite season, and I have the pleasure of experiencing autumn in a new place. The spectacular fall foliage of the east coast was calling my name so loudly this year that I actually left Oregon, rode a train for 62 hours, and moved to Pittsburgh, PA. (There may have been other reasons for the move, but the timing of it was very premeditated…) The word on the leaf peepers channel is that foliage is peaking in northern parts, but here in western PA the leaves are just starting to turn. I will get to enjoy the full glory of a proper autumn once again – and there is a wicked nice cemetery just down the street that is in desperate need of exploration, while red and orange leaves drift gently down around me. Yup!
I very cleverly picked an east coast city that is full of trees, perhaps the most of any US city according to the taxi driver who delivered my groggy boyfriend and myself to my friends’ house in the neighborhood of Lawrenceville at 5:45 in the morning after that 62 hour train ride… While I wait for them to turn from green to gold, I’ll enjoy 70-80 degree weather and, so far, quite a lot of sunshine. Those rays really lend themselves to beautifying the row houses (an architectural feature I’ve not seen before) and other interestingly run-down buildings that abound here. A lot of the neighborhoods are revitalizing and coming together as communities to better their streets, so there’s plenty of spick and span mixed in with the shabby. It’s an exciting time to dig in here, and I’m eager to get my feet muddy.
I think I counted 21 bridges that I could see from this viewpoint on Grandview Ave. the other day – you can see 15 of them in this picture. That’s another thing I loved in advance about Pittsburgh, and I can’t wait to get to know the bridges – and there are tunnels too! This place is going to keep my camera busy for a long time.
My recent explorations have been driven by the search for work and a neighborhood to call home. I have some good leads in both those areas, and have also run to earth some local permaculture groups and urban farmers and natural builders. In a city where the world’s first movie theater opened in 1905, there are plenty of movie watching and movie making opportunities – and of course Andrew Carnegie was kind enough to scatter about 19 libraries across Pittsburgh. I do believe this place will keep not just my camera, but my whole self busy for a good while to come!
Therefore, let me bid farewell to OR and all the good times I had there with a few pictures from my last days and the journey that followed, and then turn my heart and mind entirely to the adventure of making Pittsburgh my new home.
Don’t forget to drink some autumnal beers folks (I’ve been treating myself to Southern Tier’s Imperial Pumking ON DRAFT! with cinnamon/sugar or brown sugar on the rim…dangerously delicious!) and have a spooktacular October. Cheers!
What’s the deal with the giant rubber duckie floating in the river? I will report back on that!