|Pittsburgh August 2021|
|We took a quick trip up to Pittsburgh to get out of the DC heat and to give Robert one more school to look at: Carnegie Mellon. Robert was pretty jazzed about CMU, and we all appreciated the extra effort they are going to with the current Covid surge: many building closed to visitors and generally really consistent mask wearing (in contrast to some other schools we've looked at).|
But there is lots more to do in Pittsburgh than just look at CMU. We took the incline up to Duquesne Heights to take in the sights. There is a reason Pittsburgh is known for it's bridges — there many of them.
And unbeknownst to us there was a Steelers game that night. So we watched some fans get dropped by paddlewheel (we decided many of the paddlewheel boats we saw were fakes). And we even stopped off at the point (the fountain in the photo at right and above) to watch the kickoff on the jumbotron.
|The next day we visited the Carnegie Science Center which had lots of cool things. The water tables (not surprisingly for the city of three rivers) was great fun, as was this cool, huge train layout depicting many things Pittsburgh and evirons.|
|Also in the Science Center was this cool contraption: a huge yo-yo with handlebars. You pull down on the rope and as it spins back up, it lifts you with it. With his legs bent it's hard to tell, but I think Robert got more air than Sarah.|
|And we came home with time for Robert to gather together his stuff for the first day of his senior year! It will be interesting to see where he ends up next year...|