Friday, August 19, 2016

She's Baaaaack...Travels in West Virginia and Pennsylvania

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On The Road Again

Map of West Virginia

Hello dear readers!  I mentioned in my last post, almost two weeks ago, that I would be taking a break from technology. Well, I was actually on the road traveling to see family in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Mr.thisandthat and Gracie held down the fort at home while I snuck away for a family visit! It was great to see my sisters, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews and family pets. I covered a lot of miles on this trip and, although it was wonderful to see family, I breathed a sigh of relief when I drove into my driveway last evening. A nine hour drive home, including being stuck in a traffic jam for over an hour, was very tiring.

A highlight of the trip was visiting the The Waterfront portion of the Steel Valley Trail in the Historic Steel Valley area of Pittsburgh. The section I visited is located in the Burrough of Homestead and is where the US Steel Homestead Works used to be located. This is also the site of the 1892 Homestead Strike and Lockout.

This section of the river walk is located next to the Monongahela River and is actually part of the Great Allegheny Passage, 152 miles of trail between Cumberland, MD and Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo snapped from car, thus pole in the way).

The day began with a delicious breakfast at Eat'nPark. 

I tucked into scrambled eggs, turkey sausage, home fries and toast.

While my nephew enjoyed this delectable smiley face waffle covered in strawberries and whipped cream.  Decadent!!

This fine fellow greets you when you enter the restaurant. So cute!
Smiley face cookies are the symbol of Eat'nPark Restaurants. 

After eating, we walked off a few calories by walking on the River Walk trail.  To the right of the fence is the river. To the left of the trail are restaurants and greenery.

As you can see, the river scenery is beautiful.

I understand that this is where the steel used to be melted down at the steel mill that sat on this site.

These steel mill stacks are a landmark of the area.

I really missed blogging during this vacation even though I think it's healthy to take a break now and again. I think I'm done with travel now for awhile. I'm sending love to all my family and also to you, dear readers, who were patient with me while I traveled. Hope you are enjoying these last days of August!

Until Next Time,


Sharon said...

Welcome back home and to your blog! It sounds like you had a well-deserved break and a nice time with family, but I missed your blog posts while you were gone. Your photos of this historic area are beautiful!

Debbie Styles Life said...

Thank you, Sharon. It is good to be home, even though I enjoyed seeing my family!

Karen said...

I just returned from my trip to North Carolina last night, also a long day on the road! So worth it for all the wonderful memories of a great week with my teenage grandson! I enjoyed your pictures of this area of Pittsburgh. I love that city and all the many things to do there! It's close to home for me and I never tire of visiting. I hope you will be sharing pictures from West Virginia too...such a beautiful place! Traveling to see family is wonderful! Glad you had such a great time!

Debbie Styles Life said...

So glad you are back safely, Karen! Glad you had a great week with your grandson. I don't get to the Pittsburgh area often, as the Pittsburgh family usually meets up with me in WV. So, it was nice to spend some quality time there this time. In the future, I would like to explore the downtown Pittsburgh area more. Did you get to the park in NC you were hoping to go to with your grandson?

Karen said...

Yes, Uwharrie! Spent all day Friday there. It was a lot of fun.

julie Wunder said...

So glad you had fun on your trip! I've been to one of the EatN'Park in Pittsburgh and it was fun.