If you are a frequent reader of this blog, you know that I don’t like to leave the city limits (I like sidewalks and being able to get home by bus should you get a flat tire).Ã‚Â But I will make rare exceptions, for interesting non-strip mall activites that happen to fall outside of city limits.Ã‚Â Today I make an exception for Wilmerding.
This Saturday, June 8, Urban Hike heads to Wilmerding.Ã‚Â I participated in the last urban hike in May, and had a delighful afternoon on Neville Island, complete with a stop at Tasty Freeze (if someone knows of a Tasty Freeze with in the city of Pittsburgh, please let me know).
So I would highly recommend a trip to Wilmerding.Ã‚Â Not only do you get to participate in a hike, You can check out the annual George Westinghouse Days festival which happens to be the same day.Ã‚Â The hikes usually take 2 to 2.5 hours with lots of stops for ice cream and interesting things – when is the last time you spent 2 hours on the treadmill at the gym.
Here are the details from Urban Hike (directions are available here):
George Westinghouse did his thing in Wilmerding. George who? Wilmer what? Sorry, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll have to come on our hike to find out. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll walk in Wilmerding Saturday, June 9th beginning at noon. The hike will take about three hours. Then stick around for a while afterward to partake in the boroughÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s annual George Westinghouse Days festival (IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m telling you, this guy was important).
Meet us at the war memorial in the parklet surrounded by Herman Avenue, Station Street and Commerce Street. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll see it once you get there if you follow our directions.
Park on the street or at the George Westinghouse Museum (325 Commerce Street).
Allow plenty of time to get there! The outbound Parkway East is under construction this weekend in Squirrel Hill, so things are going to be a little crazy. Including these directions, by the way.