Saturday, November 12, 2011

Road Trip Continues .... Days 7 and 8 ...

We are heading back toward home now ... stopping along the way as we go. On Friday, 11/11/11... Veterans Day (God Bless Our Vets!), we headed toward Pittsburgh again.

Along the way we made a pit-stop at Jersey Shores ... but NOT the one you hear about on the TV Show..*L*

Cool old church in the small valley town...

We drove the back mountain roads for about 2 hours... it was like a roller coaster ride, but in a car.

Once we got back on the interstate highway, we encountered a short snow storm ... it last about 10 minutes.. and then it was clear skies again. And people say Wisconsin weather changes quickly! *L*

Finally arrived in Pittsburgh...

We checked into our hotel and went to a local sports bar & restaurant to get some dinner to go.

Kasey had fajitas and I had a yummy reuben pizza (enough for breakfast even!) *L*

We were both still recovering from our fun in NYC, so we crashed early in the hotel on Friday night.


Saturday we headed to the Mattress Factory Art Museum, downtown.

We had hoped to go up some of the Inclines there, but we were caught in traffic construction and delayed in getting there in time. So we went right to the Mattress Factory Art Museum, which was in a quaint part of downtown. The area reminded us a little of the Brady Street part of Milwaukee.

There were some "streets", that were like alley-ways, but the art on the homes along those streets was interesting...

The entrance to the Mattress Factory Art Museum was amongst the homes in the area.

The Mattress Factory is a museum of contemporary art that presents art you can get into — room-sized environments, created by in-residence artists. Located in the historic Mexican War Streets of Pittsburgh’s North Side since 1977, the Mattress Factory is one of few museums of its kind anywhere.

It was an interesting exhibit ... info from their website:
Sites of Passage
September 9, 2011 - January 8, 2012

Pittsburgh-based, performance artist Tavia La Follette participated in Artists Residency Egypt in summer 2010, where she laid the groundwork for the Firefly Tunnel Project, an artist exchange between Egypt and the U.S. La Follette ran a 3-week performance art and installation workshop, developing plans for Egyptian-based artists to work with U.S artists in 2011. La Follette explains, “The Firefly Tunnels are metaphorical passageways for the exchange of ideas through the language of Performance Art. One can think of them as an Underground Railroad that crosses the borders of language, a system of tunnels [aided by the Internet] that doesn’t believe in the barriers of countries or the obstruction of segregated tongues.”

After the museum, we walked down the street a couple of blocks to a small cafe (Buena Vista's) for lunch. Loved the old colorfully painted buildings.

A bowl of wildrice and mushroom soup hit the spot!!

Then we headed out ... thinking we might go all the way home by tonite, but then deciding maybe we should take another night and see some nightlife or a show in downtown Cleveland....

... that didn't happen ... got there, it was late, and no parking, the hotels looked like they would cost a fortune downtown too... so we ended up staying outside of Cleveland at the same hotel we stayed at on the way to NYC..*L*

But, we decided to treat ourselves to a nice dinner at Don's Pomeroy House...a very FINE, dining experience!! A great dinner that we couldn't finish, so we had leftovers to take back to the hotel, which we will probably eat for breakfast in the morning!

It's been a wonderful vacation road trip... hate to see it end... tomorrow will be all driving to get home .... better sleep now!

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