Maybe I was a little hard on DC. No place in this country is without its quirks, contradictions, hypocrisies, what have you. And after all, I actually had a good time while I was there.
Well, I know one thing. I like Michael and Pittsburgh and I was headed back through on my way west.
So here’s the story. Was going to meet my brother in Chicago and catch a Cubs game. Forecast looked bad so we decided to meet in Pitt instead and check out a Pirates game. We had a great time. BUT. Come to find out later, by skipping out on that Chicago game, we missed a chance to witness baseball history- Cole Hamels of the Phillies threw the first no-hitter in 50 years against the Cubs that Saturday. Oh well. (Coincidentally, the Pirates were playing the Washington Nationals, haha.)
On the way to PNC Park across the Roberto Clemente Bridge…
Great park, great time.
Oh course my brother had to represent SoCal…(and tells me I have to get his back if anything goes down, haha)
They had a pretty great vibe going on at and around the game that spilled into downtown across the bridge.
Took it easy the next day with a little boat ride…
Unfortunately, Michael’s mom wasn’t feeling well and I wasn’t able to make a portrait of her before I left. Instead, I took a few shots of her beautiful home, so maybe a different kind of portrait.
And up top is Michael. It’s hard to tell, but that’s Phil Lesh on the television screen. And that was our Fourth of July evening. I’m not a huge Dead fan like Michael, but it was still a great way to spend an evening with an old buddy. Thanks for everything Mike!
Hard to leave again but I had to hit the road to make it back to Oregon in time for the second hard date of the trip. My brother’s visit ended up setting me back a few days, meaning a couple longer driving days ahead of me. As it came to be, though, I wouldn’t have known what to do with the extra time, even after a pleasant little detour to the Great Lakes State for a couple days.