And the view to the side:I am happy to report that the beer they are making there is worthy of the setting. I am a bit of a beer snob and do not make this endorsement lightly! I enjoyed a Pious Monk Dunkel, which was excellent, and tasted a few others, including the Oktoberfest and a unique and intriguing Mexican Mole Stout, which had a heat that snuck up on the taste buds. The food was good as well.
October 27, 2008
October 26, 2008
First up was a lovely morning spent on the Strip District--not a red light district, but a neighborhood full of ethnic food emporiums, restaurants, and funky shops. On weekends there is also an open air farmer's market and plenty of street performers. I didn't take a lot of pictures, as I was too busy enjoying myself and buying gourmet goodies, but I did pose for this one with "Bob" the accordion player:
Nothing makes a good day better like hearing "The Pennsylvania Polka" expertly played on the accordion.
Next up was a visit to the Dusquene Incline. (You can read the interesting history of it here.) The cars have beautiful decorative details, and the wooden parts are nicely creaky.
Here's the view looking out the back window on the trip up--it's very steep!
Here's the station at the top. It's chock full of wonderful historical photographic displays, and there's a spot where you can watch the machinery working:
It's a perfect place to take pictures and to see the confluence of the three rivers-- the Monongahela, the Allegheny, and the Ohio. (Read about how they were cleaned up here.)
Here's a view of Heinz Field:
I love this shot with the coal train and the boat. The water in the Point State Park fountain is pink to raise awareness about breast cancer.
Finally, on the trip back down the incline, I spotted a fascinating conglomeration of what appears to be incline mechanical spare/old parts:
Next: I go for a beer.
October 23, 2008
She also spotlights the work of Franki Kohler, a longtime online friend of mine, and the organizing force behind Postmark'd Art. Franki's work is beautifully conceived and beautifully crafted. I hope to see it in person someday.
October 14, 2008
Here are stalactites reflected in a shallow basin of water:
There was also a lot of natural variation in the colors of the structures, as well as in the shapes:
It's hard to convey the scale of the larger chambers:
One of the advertised high points of the tour is The Great Stalacpipe Organ,
October 13, 2008
From there it was over to the Skyline Drive to revel in one glorious view after another:
In this shot you can see some of the "blue ridges" that give the area its name:
The foliage was just beginning to turn. The vivid red in the middle of the picture is poison ivy growing up a tree--it was plentiful and brilliant:
Long stretches of the road were lined with well crafted stone masonry walls, built by the Civilian Conservation Corp:
In addition to driving and admiring grand vistas, I also hiked a few trails and got a closer look at things. I was tremendously excited to find some milkweed plants where the leaves were developing fantastic patterning and coloration:
I've had a milkweed quilt on the back burner for some time...perhaps this will jump-start the design process.
October 3, 2008
It reminded me of taking apart an Erector set:
I was sorry to see all of the cool angles and shadows of the scaffolding go, but it did free things up for better views of all the details on the facade. The workers often wave and watch me taking pictures:
In July the scaffold continued to come down. I like all the angled elements in this photo:
October 2, 2008
I don't have any donkeys in my collection, but I do have this wonderful embroidered panel of two horses. I like the way the texture of their coats is done with lots of short straight stitches, in waves of color: