Thursday, April 08, 2010

To Pittsburgh!

Last weekend, The Family and I took an overnight trip to the fair city of Pittsburgh, PA, the mythical city of my birth. We spent one whole day there, not nearly enough, but we had a great time in general.

On our way down, we stopped at Quaker Steak and Lube in Erie and had chicken wings for dinner:

Chicken wings!

Chicken wings are all kinds of awesome. But then we drove down the rest of the way, staying at a hotel in one of the northern suburbs before rising the next day and heading to downtown Pittsburgh's Strip District, an area of small shops, eateries, ethnic markets, street vendors and street musicians and the like. That area is fascinating, and I wish we'd had more time to hang out down there, but the clock was ticking and we wanted to make sure we got to our main destination for the day in time to enjoy it fully: the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

The Wife and I visited that museum years ago, when we were only merely dating, so the museum has changed quite a bit since then. Some things were very familiar, while others were almost completely new. They've totally redone the dinosaurs, constructing fairly elaborate landscapes for them to "roam" in; they are no longer skeletons standing in rooms by themselves behind rope lines:

CMNH: Overlooking the Dinosaurs

CMNH: T-rex

CMNH: Okay, NOW he looks scary.

I have a lot more photos of our Pittsburgh trip in this Flickr photoset. We had a terrific time. Pittsburgh rules!

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