Station Square, Mongohelea Incline, Hard Rock Cafe, Swimming and Snow

On Saturday, after our trip to the museum, we decided to meet up with Fang and Jordan at a shopping area called Station Square to do some shopping, ride the incline and have dinner. 

When we arrived, we took in some more of the scenery and Ben loved it as he got to see a train go by. 

We met up with Fang and Jordan at Crazy Mocha coffee shop, where I had a frozen white chocolate mocha drink. Yes I was drinking a frozen drink while it was freezing outside! 

We then decided to head over to the incline to ride up to the top of Mount Washington so we could show the kids the beautiful views of the city.  We rode up the mountain on the Monogahela Incline- which was built in 1870 and is the oldest operating funicular in the USA.

The views from the top are beautiful to say the least and are spectacular. You have gorgeous views of the city and the converging of the three rivers. 

There were plenty of opportunities to take family pictures and there were several groups of people taking photos at the top. We joined in of course :-)

When we came down the incline, we decided to return to Station Square to do some browsing of the shops and to get dinner. The only souvenirs I bought was a magnet(as I collect them for our fridge) and a puzzle for dear Hubby. 

After shopping for a bit, we decided to have dinner at The Hard Rock Cafe. It was a delightful meal. Fang and I both had their  local legendary burger which was a perogie style burger-- a hamburger with mashed potatoes, grilled onions and cheese on it, served with ranch dressing on the side. It was tasty. 

Then it was time for us to say goodbye to Fang and Jordan. It was an amazing day and long overdue and we promised each other it wouldn't be another 7 years before we saw each other in person again. 

After we said our goodbyes, we headed to the hotel that I booked for the night. We stayed at the Comfort Inn and Suites just outside downtown and the kids were surprised that it had an indoor pool. We enjoyed some pool time before bed. 

The kids enjoyed staying at the hotel and they slept well that night!

The following morning we awoke to giggles from the boys and everyone felt rested. We had breakfast at the hotel, where they had a good offering of breakfast buffet items such as eggs, sausage, yogurt, cereals, muffins, waffles, etc. 

After breakfast, we headed back up to the room to pack and then headed home in the snowy day. The kids were excited to see the snow and Benjamin kept saying "It's a snow day!" 

Bill drove there and home and he said after we safely got home that the roads in Pittsburgh were icy and slick but he didn't want to say anything to me until we got home so I wouldn't worry. The boys fell asleep in the van on the way home. 

Thankfully, we made it home safe and sound and we have wonderful memories of our day in Pittsburgh with our wonderful friend!



  1. My hubby's brother lives in P-Burgh. We were there a few times. It's a nice city with lots to do. Looks like you had a fabulous time, but that cold air and snow is something I just don't miss. Glad you made it home safe and sound. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving day tomorrow.

    1. I actually don't mind the cold and snow this time of year. By January I am done with it though. LOL We have been to Pittsburgh a few times and each time we have had fun, even the time my hubby ended up in the ER with what we now know was a gall bladder attack.

  2. I heard it was icy downtown that day. The first snow here is always an adventure. Cheryl

    1. It was icy apparently. Thankfully my husband didn't tell me until we were back home in Ohio!

  3. What a great visit! Love the pictures of your boys in bed with the giggles!

    1. It was a wonderful visit. Good for the soul! And yes that picture of the boys is one of my favorites-- they are true brothers, one second they are best friends the next they are enemies. LOL


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