Another Trip to Pittsburgh Part I: Picnic at Kennywood Park
Berlin, OH/Pittsburgh, PA - Events of Saturday, July 23, 2016
We left last Saturday morning for a two-day trip to Pittsburgh. As we have done before, we left the rig in Ohio and stayed at Lora and J. Michael's house. We were invited to a picnic on Saturday sponsored by Colussy Chevrolet at Kennywood Park. Colussy Chevrolet is the car dealership J. Michael works for. Every year, they have a picnic for employees and their families. We went last year and had a good time with Lydia, so we were happy to be included again because Lydia would be able to ride many more rides this year.
After we arrived at the house and unpacked, we all headed out to Kennywood. On our way to the Potato Patch for some fresh-cut French fries, we stopped at the merry-go-round. Even though she rode the merry-go-round last year, Lydia was a little wary of the large size of the horses so she started out riding on one of the benches.
After we had our fries at the Potato Patch, we headed to the Olde Kennywood Railroad. Opened in 1945, the narrow gauge railroad traverses the top of the bluff overlooking the Monongahela River. The ride features displays of old photos of the park while a recording tells about the park's history. The locomotives, which are gasoline powered, are from the 1939 World's Fair.
After our train ride, we headed next door to Kiddieland. Kiddieland has some rides sized for children only and some that are big enough for adults to ride and accompany the kids. Lydia's first Kiddieland ride was the Lil' Phantom roller coaster, which is one of the rides that adults can ride. Lydia was a little scared on the first run; but after riding a couple more times, she really started enjoying it.
We then headed to Kenny's Karousel. This is one of the rides for kids only, so Lydia started out on one of the benches just like she did on the big merry-go-round.
On subsequent rides on the Kiddieland merry-go-round (there were many, many more throughout the remainder of the afternoon), Lydia rode a horse, and it was always one of the ones that went up and down. She was even confident enough to take one hand off the pole and wave. We were happy to see one of the ride attendants always rode the merry-go-round standing near the youngest of the kids in case their assistance was needed.
Next, it was on to the Whip, which was another ride for kids only. The first time around the track, Lydia was all smiles. However, as the car rounded the bend at the end and sped up as it swung outward, she wasn't too sure. By the end of the ride, she was more that ready to get off. That was her one and only ride on the Whip
Lydia's second-favorite ride after the merry-go-round was the Turtle. Not only was it pretty tame, but Mom could ride, too.
The Pounce Bounce raises up about 15 feet then drops the riders, but it doesn't drop the whole distance all at once. It drops only a few feet, pauses, then drops some more. Lydia seemed to enjoy it and went on a couple of times.
Before we left Kiddieland, we stopped for a photo beside Kenny the Kangaroo. Kenny is the Kennywood mascot.
From Kiddieland, we headed back to the main part of the park with another stop at the big merry-go-round. This time, with the confidence she built up riding the one in Kiddieland, Lydia asked to ride on the tiger.
We then headed to the Fish Pond where Lydia tried her hand. She was more interested in fishing than getting the prize. It almost seemed like she was trying to avoid the floating fish with her hook.
Colussy Chevrolet reserves a pavilion and provides a nice catered dinner. We headed to the pavilion and arrived just in time to find a table under the roof. It was very hot that day, and we wanted to avoid the tables that were in partial sun. This year, we had hot dogs, grilled chicken, pulled pork, cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans, fruit salad and cookies. Yum!
After dinner, we headed back to the house where Lydia got ready for bed. Paul read her a story after her bath.
Lydia headed off to bed, and Paul and Margery weren't too far behind. We all needed our rest because Lydia's birthday party was the next day. We'll tell you about that in our next post.