This weekend, the Mister was occupied with enriching himself, so the boys and I entertained ourselves. I missed knitting at the BN Friday. Celtic Queen brought over a t-shirt from MDS&W on her way, though. Very sweet and thoughtful... if only meant to pressure me into next year. :) So Saturday, fully rested, the boys and I headed out for Hockey for Eldest and then to the North Shore and the Venture Outdoors Festival and then over to a friend's house for a pizza party and then to bed. whew. Don't tell the Mister, but we had a good time.
I was questing to gather summer activities. I came up with a couple of interesting ones.
- at Boyce Park they do Orienteering. They have a beginner's course of 2-3 km and it is only $5. We are so into trying this one. It is a little far for us, but they do it on Sundays so, we can make a family day of it.
- the 4th annual Party on Trail for the J.R. Taylor Memorial Bridge is coming up on June 2, 2007. Which also seems to be National Trail Day.
- a map from the Allegheny Trail Alliance. Yep, that would be the group of trails that travels from Pittsburgh, PA to Washington D.C. I did get a bike for my birthday, after all. Wouldn't that be something? Yeah, we went for a ride to see the Lincoln Memorial. I have always thought that the ultimate 'I did it' would be to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, but Pgh to DC might work for me, too.
- donate your old bike! Earn a new one! Free Ride! is a not for profit, recycle a bike shop out at Construction Junction. How cool is that?
- a recreational guide to the State Parks and Forests in Pennsylvania. Not that I consider myself very outdoors-y, but I do like to be outside and see beautiful places... have you ever been to an ugly state park?
- Eldest is taking his friends out to the ballgame for his birthday celebration. The Dodgers are in town to play the Pirates. We got tickets in the outfield reserved, hoping that someone hits a homerun out that way. I can make a phone call and have 'Happy Birthday' put up on the big screen, too. How spoiled can a 7 year old get? He was blown away when I told him that I was 23 when I went to my first baseball game (took the BART to see the A's!) I didn't bother to tell him that way-back-when my brother got to go see the Tigers while I sat at home- I am a girl. bleh.
That is a little to get us started. But you know that isn't enough. Seriously, people, I am begging for options for things to do... within an hour of Pittsburgh, my boys are 5 and 7, free is best, cheap is ok, educational is always good, fun is a must. I am begging. There has to be more to do than the same old parks and the Carnegie Museums (which are great) and obnoxious kid arcades. I AM BEGGING, PEOPLE!!