The Little Things...
-When planning a trip to Pittsburgh it is best to order their tourism guide well in advance. Their tourism website is not the greatest and can be a little confusing. Your best bet is to check out the tips from this website - but you're well ahead of me on that one.
-Coupons for top attractions can be found on their Pittsburgh tourism website, so you best check over there anyway although the font they use for information on attractions can be difficult to read with a 'squished' appearance.
-Don't have a phobia of bridges. If you do, don't go to Pittsburgh as there are many, many beautiful traffic bridges that you'll have to cross sooner or later.
-Don't be offended. When in places such as restaurants when you say 'thank you' many of the waiters/waitresses say "Uh-huh" instead of "Your Welcome". They're not being rude, thats just their way of speech. You'll also notice an accent if you're coming from outside of Pennsylvania.
-Take your camera! Pittsburgh has some
ah-mazing scenery! Their city skyline is remarkable day or night. Pittsburgh has done a great job at preserving their grand, historic buildings, but mixes very, very hip new buildings in. All together, it makes for quite the sight.
-All major attractions seem to close at 5 or 5:30pm during winter hours. Many places are closed all on Mondays. Definately check your times before heading out to avoid disappointment. There are too many wonderful places to visit here. I only had a day and a half to explore and would like to go back someday. If going on vacation here you can definately find things to keep you busy for 7 days.
Site of Fort Lafayette
Fort Lafayette was constructed at present day Penn Avenue and Ninth Street. It was completed in 1792 after the end of the Revolutionary War, as hostilities continued between natives and local settlers. Fort Pitt was no longer serviceable, so Fort Lafayette was created in its place, mainly to serve as a supply deport for Fort McIntosh. Later in 1794 General Anthony Wayne defeated the Ohio Indians near modern Toledo, Ohio at the Battle of Fallen Timbers, largely ending the conflict in the region.
Fort Lafayette was again in use in 1803 when it was used as a staging area for the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
During the War of 1812, the fort was used by Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry as a supply base in his fight against the British.
Stood on this site. It
was completed in 1792.
Built to protect Pitts-
burgh against Indian
attacks and to serve as
a chief supply base
for Gen. Wayne's army,
during the war of 1812.
Site sold in 1813.
In Pittsburgh (and Pennsylvania as a whole) you can only buy beer in designated beer distributors or at a bar. You can't go into a convenience store or grocery store and purchase it. You are required to purchase cases from beer distributors and 6-packs from bars.
The Steelers (pronounced Tha Stillers)
The one thing that runs through the veins of all Pittsburghers… is FOOTBALL (Americano). They eat, drink, and live for the sport, the Steelers to be exact. The Iron City and surrounding area lays the birthplace of some of the game’s greatest player. To name a bunch, (assuming you care, if you’ve read this so far), Dan Marino, Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, Jack Ham, Joe Montana, The Rooney’s (from the same neighborhood), LaVar Arrington, Bill Cowher, Jason Taylor, Tony Dorsett, Mike Ditka… and I will stop there…
So if you happen to be in town during the season, and someone happens to die and leaves you a spare ticket, then go. The old 3 Rivers Stadium has been demolished and now the New Heinz Field has been built, (and PNC Park for the baseball team).
It is a big difference to go to a game in a “football town” as opposed to a town with a football team… two tickets and as much beer as you can handle
The Adventurer's Adventure Club
The D4DR Club is a social club like no other.
Geared at those individuals that are willing to go on vacation to that far flung, war torn country or the guy who is wiling to risk his life by bungee jumping inside a cave....
They come from all walks of life. Men and women of all denominations and races, their common denominator is an elongated D4DR gene.
The D4DR is a gene at the end of chromosome 11. We all have it, but when it is mutant or elongated, it causes that person to seekout high stimulation via adventure travel or extreme sports.
For the first time, we have managed to bring together a unique niche within our society, filling a vacuum which laid dormant for years.
Just weeks after our site was launched it had already seen an amazing response. Over 2500 visitors and 100 email requests came in soon after its launch.
Why do people join the club? Some join to have a forum where they can interact with others like them, others want to take advantage of the club benefits and some want to advance the research on the D4DR gene.
According to a 1999 Time Magazine article, people living today do not encounter danger on a daily basis as they did centuries ago. This has caused people to search out and take risks on their own to satisfy this urge.
Either way, the club has definitely tapped into something which many of us could just not put our finger on previously.
As the site's home page states, "if you've got the D4DR gene, no need to do genetic testing, you probably know it!"
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