We loved having Tyson and Jamie come visit us in Pittsburgh. They are the first family to visit since we moved to Pittsburgh from Wheeling. We miss our family so much and love when they can visit.
We saw Pittsburgh from all three overlooks. Fortunately it was good weather and only rained occasionally.
We took what they call the “Just Ducky Tour” and learned a lot about the city of Pittsburgh itself. They have taken WWII amphibious machines and turned them into tour busses. We drove around down town Pittsburgh with a tour guide, learning about it’s history and buildings. Then we drove right into the river and toured the Allegheny and Ohio Rivers for a bit. The funnest bit of information I learned was why Pittsburgh is so crazy to get around in. We were told that two different engineers planned the city. One started from one end and the other started from the opposite end and worked towards the middle, never thinking they would meet because there was a hill between them, but over the years they have dug out the hill and it is now Grant Street. There really is no rhyme or reason as to why the streets run like they do.
We took another day and drove to Kirtland, OH and toured the Church history sites. There is such an amazing spirit at the Church sites and we loved visiting with the site missionaries who serve there. One of the couples was in the MTC with us, the Symes, and it was fun to catch up with them. Jami had never been to Kirtland and it was fun sharing it with her. Kirtland is about 2 1/2 hours from Pittsburgh.
We drove to Wheeling and showed them some of our favorite places and they got to meet some of the people we grew to love so. That evening we went to a Pirates game. It was free T-shirt night so we all got our souvenir Pirates shirts.
We really enjoyed playing hooky from the office for a couple of days and loved having Tyson and Jami come experience some of our mission with us.