We strolled past the original Carnegie Hall, completed a year before the more famous one in New York City.
At one point we came across a bunch of neighborhood kids playing hockey on a frozen pond, and I was so surprised that I stopped and took a picture. I exclaimed to D "They're playing hockey outside! On a pond!" and he just looked at me and shook his head and said "That is how hockey was played for a long time, until fancy indoor rinks were built." I'm not kidding when I say that literally never occurred to me before. Ponds don't ice over, ever, where I'm from. D, on the other hand, grew up in Connecticut and skated on frozen ponds all the time, like some kind of modern day Hans Brinker.
We walked past Randyland, a neighborhood institution, and took many pictures of this very bright spot on a cold, overcast day.
The north side, like many neighborhoods in Pittsburgh at one time or another, used to be one of the wealthiest parts of town, and the beautiful architecture did not disappoint. It's amazing how much history this city has, and we jump at any chance to learn more about it.
their website is super organized and easy to navigate, and the people we met on the hike were so, so nice, from lending me hand warmers to sharing their snacks and hot tea when we stopped for a break. If you live in Pittsburgh, join Venture Outdoors and let's go hiking together!