Saturday, June 21, 2008

Adventure Update

My efforts at magically becoming the Dog Whisperer Pack Leader have been met with mixed results. In spite of this picture, "the walk" is going relatively well. This one was taken at the end of a second walk of the day and enough was enough. We have our nightly battles as to whether I will be the chew toy. They've become a little shorter. This is definitely a worthwhile summer adventure. There has been progress.



I think Mr. Sophanne looks like he's fighting hazardous waste. Really he's just pimped out for weed eating. What a guy.



The adventure to the big 'burg was a moderate success. We caught the trolley in South Hills Village and rode it to Gateway Center. As Magalena pointed out, the science center looked a lot closer on the map. Here I am on the Ft. Duquesne Bridge. The Science Center and Heinz Field are off in the distance. The Titanic exhibit was good if you like that sort of thing. I would have been fine watching the whole business on a Discovery Channel special.



Carnegie Science Center is just a little "young" for the 13 yo set. There was a Lionel Train exhibit that held our attention and a tour of the U.S.S. Requin which reaffirmed what I already suspected- submarine life would not be for me. The Three Rivers Arts Festival was going on but our dogs were tired and we headed home.

The best part of the adventure WAS adventuring and laughing with the eighth grade sense of humor. After seeing "How's My Driving?" bumper sticker things deteriorated into imagining kindergarteners with signs that said "How's my coloring? Call 1-800-BITEMEE" The worst part of the adventuring was watching her "shut down" as she saw the day coming to an end. Thus, there will be more adventures.

13 comments:

vanfox23 said...

I know you are pointing to the science center, but beyond that hill behind the bridge you are pointing at, well, that's the area I grew up in! You were only about 10 minutes from my mom and dad!! It sounds like you had a good day!

Knitsonya said...

You are adorable! And as for better walks - I swear by the Sense-ation dog harness. We got one from the San Francisco SPCA and it makes such a difference. Bo was more of a massive puller, than a chewer.

Yvonne said...

Glad you had a good time. Good for you, keeping Magdalena busy. We have thought about the Titanic exhibit and haven't made up our minds yet.

flutter said...

You are so stinkin cute

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

The weed eating outfit is just priceless!!

cpurl17 said...

Its so much fun to visit that 8th grader. Sometimes I forget to come home.

Carol said...

Adventures are a good thing.
They get you out of your rut and ex-and your interests. Not to mention stopping the "I'm booooooored" chanting....

Mary Beth said...

Ahhh, Mr. Sophanne is an adorable Nork in his weedwacking getup. (Nerd + dork = Nork...an 80's coinage that my children hate me using.)

Even though the exhibits left something to be desired (I too would rather do w/ Discovery Channel most of the time,) It's the shared moments that you got that make the experience worthwhile. You looked like it was all great.

Lydee said...

woo hoo! you go mr. sophanne!
great pic! sounds like it was a good kind of tired.

Lydee said...

woo hoo! you go mr. sophanne!
great pic! sounds like it was a good kind of tired.

Anonymous said...

SportsWorks at the Science Center is the area designed more for older kids. I used to volunteer there and most of the comments were that the older kids needed more to do. Take the 8th grader to the Carnegie Museum or the Heinz History Center (where the Sports Museum is housed as well) ...those are awesome for sparking discussions! You can spend more time wandering than most school field trips get to do.

Anonymous said...

oops.... I forgot the Nationality Rooms at the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh....great for getting some inspiration for college as well as an international art appreciation! Dont forget the Pittsburgh Zoo either....might be mostly for the younger ones, but I still love going there....

sophanne said...

Thanks anonymous! The zoo is next on my list for sure. I'll have to look into the others.