Blood Cultures _ Indian Summer
from Indian Summer (2013)

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Melwood Ave. under the Bloomfield Bridge in Polish Hill.

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WYEP Summer Music Festival _ Schenley Plaza

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Schenley Plaza, next to the iconic Cathedral of Learning, wasn’t always a green expanse in the middle of Oakland.  For decades, the plaza was an asphalt parking lot.  In 2006, the Pittsburg Park Conservancy and partners converted the parking lot back to its intended use: a park.  It was the perfect setting for WYEP’s Summer Music Festival.

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Valerie June!

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Pittsburgh Architecture Bike Ride

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PPG Plaza _ Downtown Pittsburgh

New buddy Lucia led a small group of us on a bike ride to different architecturally significant buildings and spaces in Pittsburgh.

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Union Station _ Downtown Pittsburgh

This used to be the hub for passengers trains in Pittsburgh, with a rotunda driveway designed for horse carriages.  In the late 1980s, the rail office building was converted to apartments.

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David L. Lawrence Convention Center _ Downtown Pittsburgh

The convention center sits right at the edge of the Allegheny River. Instead of cutting off access to pedestrians and cyclists to the river, the building has a path that cuts under and through the convention center, allowing a dramatic entrance to the river trail under the riverside highway.

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Fort Pitt Tunnel _ Mount Washington.  The iconic tunnel that leads directly into downtown Pittsburgh.

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Thick Bikes _ South Side

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Bellefield Boiler Plant (The Cloud Factory) _ Oakland

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June Pittsburgh Underwear Bike Ride _ Homestead

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"The Pittsburgh Underwear Bike Ride is about having fun, promoting a positive self-body image, and building a stronger bike community in Pittsburgh.

So let us celebrate urban cycling, celebrate your badass bicycling body, celebrate being fabulous, celebrate hot summer nights, and drink cold beers once we’re done. Feel good, dress up, down, or mostly not at all.”

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Butler St. _ Strip District

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6th St _ Downtown Pittsburgh

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North Shore Drive at the Fort Duquesne Pedestrian Bridge _ North Shore

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Point State Park _ Downtown Pittsburgh

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Armstrong Tunnel at Second Avenue _ Uptown

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Sam Amidon _ My Old Friend (Tim McGraw Cover)
from Bright Sunny South (2013)

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McCleary Elementary School _ Lawrenceville.  A shuttered Pittsburgh public school house (1900), which is being converted into condos.

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Team Decaf Ride _ Zoom the Tombs

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A ride through 3 of Pittsburgh’s immense & lush cemeteries with Team Decaf's weekly Tuesday ride.

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Allegheny Cemetery _ Lawrenceville

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Deer!  Everywhere!

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Homewood Cemetery _ Point Breeze

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Thunderstorm shelter.

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Calvary Catholic Cemetery _ Greenfield

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The Barge _ Three Rivers Heritage Trail, Monongahela River

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The Three Rivers Heritage Trail is a 25-mile, non-linear riverfront converted rail trail that parallels Pittsburgh’s 3 rivers: the Allegheny, the Monongahela, and the Ohio River.

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Along the south side trail of the Monongahela, across from Hazelwood, are three shipping barges that have been rammed into the banks of the river.  The barges have since been filled with soil and dirt, and have mature trees growing out of its hull.  This is where we had a picnic.

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Passing barges.

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The Hot Metal Bridge. 

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My Summer Home _ Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh

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My summer sublease: a renovated house in Lawrenceville. I live in the attic. That’s my window at the top!

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Western Summer Window View. St. Mary in the foreground, Downtown Pittsburgh in the background.

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Northern Summer Window View. Millvale across the Allegheny River.

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Lawrenceville is characterized by densely packed rowhouses along narrow streets.  Butler St. is the main thoroughfare and commercial stretch which has seen new, hip businesses popping up next to classic mom and pop stores.

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Summer Street - found on a bike ride 2 blocks from my summer house. It was meant to be.

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My attic.

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Cross-Country Roadtrip _ Los Angeles -> Pittsburgh

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For my move from Los Angeles to Pittsburgh, I decided to transport myself and my belongings via automobile. With the help of good buddy Jill, we came up with a 6-day route that would take me through the northern cross-country highways - recommended for snow-less spring and summer trips.  We planned stops and overnight camping at the all-star National Parks and campgrounds.

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So I rented a car, packed it up with the essentials, including my two bikes, and said goodbye to Silver Lake, Los Angeles.

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Day 1 _ Los Angeles -> Zion National Park

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The Ivanpah Solar Power Facility _ Mojave Desert, CA.  You might have heard of this solar plant; birds that fly through the solar rays are fried to death.

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Zion National Park _ Springdale, UT

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Lower Pine Creek Waterfall Trail.  The trail is unmarked.  I parked right on the side of the road, before the infamous switchbacks, and hiked into the canyon.  There wasn’t a single person on the trail - except for a deer!

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The train ends at the waterfall - where I took a nap.

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The Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel.

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The Canyon Overlook Trail.

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Day 2 _ Zion National Park -> Arches -> Colorado National Monument

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Arches National Park _ Grand County, UT

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The Great Wall.

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The Windows.

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The Turret Arch.

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Courthouse Towers.

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Colorado National Monument _ Fruita, CO

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The view from Saddlehorn Campground, hidden among pinions and junipers is at the very top of the plateau. There weren’t more than 5 campgrounds occupied.

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Happy City by Charles Montgomery.

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Canyon Rim Trail.

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Juniper.

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Day 3 _ Colorado National Monument -> Grand Junction -> Rocky Mountain National Park

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Main Street Bagels _ Grand Junction, CO

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Grand Army of the Republic Highway next to the Colorado River _ Glenwood Springs, CO

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Rocky Mountain National Park _ Estes Park, CO

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Moraine Campground.  Firewood transportation.

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Rain preparations.

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Moraine Park Meadow.

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Day 4 _ Rocky Mountain National Park -> Milford Lake

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The Plains.

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Rolling Hills Public Use Area @ Milford Lake _ Junction City, KS

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Rice & Beans.

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Day 5 _ Milford Lake -> St. Louis -> Hoosier National Forest

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The highways are lined with firework outlets.

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The Gateway Arch _ St. Louis, MO.  The best shot I got.  Construction and traffic convoluted the directions to get to the Arch.  So I just drove away.

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Sycamore Springs Park _ English, IN. Home of the The Clayton Roberson Family Foundation.  The foundation was formed to protect this plot of land deep in the forest by making it a free park for day use or over-night campers.

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Day 6 _ Hoosier National Forest -> Pittsburgh

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Fort Pitt Tunnel.  The approach into Downtown Pittsburgh.

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Fort Pitt Bridge. The first sight drivers see after emerging from the tunnel are the high rises of Downtown Pittsburgh.

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Regional Enterprise Tower _ Downtown Pittsburgh.  The first high-rise with an all aluminum facade.

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The Point _ the birthplace of Pittsburgh.  6 Days.  2,710 Miles.

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