It never ceases to amaze me when that happens. This new friend wants to learn to knit better, taught at nearly all of the same schools I have in my career (just a year or two ahead of me), shares my political inclinations (unlike many in my surrounding area) and laughs a lot and sometimes laughs at inappropriate things. She has more driving phobias than I and so today we had an adventure. In the "things always happen for a reason" category, I met her at one of the new schools I have this year.
We picked up the "T" about where knit night meets and rode it all the way to the North Side of Pittsburgh. We saw this sign when we disembarked. Not sure about what "area of refuge" really means but there was one there in case we needed it.
When we left the station, we saw this. And, as it turns out we were in the same parking garage that Mr. Sophanne and I parked in when we went to a Pirates game this summer. No traffic for us today though. The Light Rail did all the work. (note the green T sign. I love the T)
After walking a mile we found our way here:
The National Aviary. It should have been a half mile walk but one has to expect some misdirection in life.
Once inside, we saw some birds. These two birds remind me of the story of Ulysess visiting Circes Palace and a bird warning him of danger ahead.
These two were just adorable and photogenic.
We signed up for a Pirates of the Caribbean Parrot show but somehow got locked out of showtime and they don't let latecomers in. I was thrown off for a good 15 minutes or so. I was a little surprised at how attached I had become to the idea of seeing that show.
The flamingos are always fascinating as were the penguins. The penguins begged to be anthropomorphized and I had a most excellent voice and dialogue going on for them. (think Henri le chat noir except more of an Art Carney kind of voice) It was perhaps that activity that distracted me from noticing that it was in fact show time.
Back on the T to the Wood St. exit where we found a place called Ewe Can Knit. I was suspicious when the only reference on the web to them was their facebook page. It was a pen and stationery store that had yarn on the second floor as an afterthought. There was some yarn that could have been purchased but it seemed like it was there mostly for decoration.
The thing is, I have always wanted to have this adventure and feel comfortable doing it. I plan it in my head every summer and wonder why, at the end of the summer, I haven't done it. And I realized that you don't hear of many solo adventurers. Usually they at least travel in pairs. And really, I can count on one hand the number of people who have the time, energy and desire to have the same kind of adventures I like to have so today was a lucky lucky day.