Fall Break: Pittsburgh Style

This Fall Break I had the privilege of introducing my best friend, Ashley, to my hometown: Pittsburgh. On Friday after class we set off and left campus behind us for a few days of fun times with my family.

The sun setting behind us somewhere in Ohio.
The sun setting behind us somewhere in Ohio.

We arrived at my house in Wexford (a suburb just north of Pittsburgh) around 9:45 p.m. to be greeted by my parents, brother, and my dog Teddy.

Teddy loved Ashley from first sight.
Teddy loved Ashley from first sight.

Saturday we slept in, as is necessary on break, and then went to Soergel’s Orchard with a couple of my friends from high school that we also home. We visited Mabel and Clover, the resident goats, bought apples and looked at the multitude of pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and sizes. We wrapped up our outing with late lunch at good ol’ Eat’n Park, a Pittsburgh favorite restaurant chain.

On Sunday we introduced Ashley to downtown Pittsburgh. We started out exploring the Strip District, stopping at all the different stores and taking a picture with Bill the bear at Wholey’s Fish Market.

Finally, we rode the Duquesne Incline (pronounced “du-cane” if you were curious) which rides up the side of Mt. Washington and has the best view of the entire city.

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For our last day of break that didn’t consist of the 6 hour drive back, we went to one of my favorite places by my house: North Park. This is where I go to run, kayak, play Ultimate Frisbee, bike, ice skate in the winter, basically anything and everything fun. So I was so excited to show Ashley this place I spend a lot of time in that I always tell her about. We hiked over to the Fountain of Youth, had a picnic lunch, threw around a frisbee, walked by the lake, and stopped to check out Marshall island. It was a beautiful day and just the best way to end our Fall Break PA explorations.

It was so fun to get to watch Ashley experience Pittsburgh for the first time and to show her around my hometown. And now we have a new list of other things to see and do when she makes the trip back to PA with me some day. Yay for breaks and fun hometown adventures!

Thanks for reading!
~Erin

Published by Erin Hoolahan

Hi! My name is Erin Hoolahan and I am a Sophomore at Hope College. I am from Wexford, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Pittsburgh) and intend to double major in Classics and either English or Communications during my time here at Hope. I love to bake, play guitar and am involved in Ultimate Frisbee and Silent Praise. I am extremely excited about sharing my insights on life at Hope! Thanks for reading. :)

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