As I said in my previous post, Sunday was a gorgeous day in Beaver Falls. It was also the only full day we had to spend with Joan and Larry. They suggested that we take a drive to Pittsburgh and head up to a look-out spot where you can get a great view of “the city of bridges.”
We were pretty pooped from the previous day of driving (10+ hrs!) and the hectic day before that of packing and getting ready, so it was nice to sit in the back seat and let Larry do the driving while we took in the sights.
They aren’t kidding when they call it the city of bridges. And boy am I glad we didn’t have to navigate! Three major rivers, countless bridges, and construction all made for a challenging drive for Larry! But we got to the look-out spot without a hitch.
On our way up to the look-out, we saw a funicular and, having never been on one, I wanted to check it out. Unfortunately, it was out of service while under repair. It’s from the 1900s so I guess I can forgive them the need to maintain it! Now it’s my mission to find another funicular at some point on our trip.
We walked around the area, which seemed like a touristy spot with shops and restaurants. We stumbled upon this:
Steve and Larry read about it, but I was busy watching the birds and the passersby so I actually have no clue what it is.
Check out these guys:
They’re on a Segway tour. After we took this picture, they wheeled off and a couple minutes later we saw them crossing this bridge over towards the downtown:
It looked pretty fun! Has anyone ever been on one? What are they like??
All in all, Sunday was a lovely day. After we got back from Pittsburgh we sat and chatted on Larry and Joan’s porch and then decorated our girl. Joan and Larry’s neighbour, Doug, came over to check out Amelia and share some of his own travelling adventures. Later he popped back over with a CD he’d made for us of his music – nice guy!
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Monday morning we woke up to pouring rain and dark skies. The crummy weather brought along with it some crummy new developments.
The day before, Steve diagnosed the source of the propane leak with some soap and water. So he started calling places around the area that deal with automotive propane.
No one wants to go near a leaking propane tank, even the professionals! Each place he called would refer him to another place, which would refer him to another place, or sometimes even referred him back to the place that just referred him there! (you following still?). It was not looking good.
Also? Remember that mystery back leak that solved itself? It came back….with a vengeance.
Also? It was so hot in Amelia on Sunday that I opened her side window…and completely forgot to shut it again. It had poured all night long.
Needless to say, Amelia was a little wet Monday morning. Luckily, all that got wet inside were some counter-tops and our bed pillows. We had brought along our leak bucket and towel just in case (were we asking for trouble??), so we started collecting rain water again from the deluge that was going through Beaver Falls all day.
Then good things started happening again.
Steve found a propane place with a friendly and helpful service employee who suggested that Steve try opening up the fuel valve all the way and then closing it again. Apparently, built into the valve and shaft is a self-cleaning system, such that when you open the valve all the way, all the dirt and crud that gets caked onto the shaft then gets cleaned off. Then Larry called with the number for a place that actually would look at the propane leak, but not until a nice day since they would have to work on it outside and they only do outside work on nice days (is this hilarious to anyone else?). It wasn’t going to be a nice day for several days, so we crossed our fingers as Steve went outside to try the opening/closing the valve trick.
So far, it seems to have worked! No smelly propane is coming out from around the tank now – we can’t smell, hear it, or feel it (previously, we experienced all three things).
With the propane taken care of, we set out to find some internet options. Sunday we had stopped by a Verizon store and the two young male employees had no idea what we were talking about when we told them about the set-up we wanted, and had read was possible on the Verizon website. They also found it hilarious that we didn’t know our Social Security Numbers (SIN numbers for the Canadians out there), which we would need in order to purchase any devices from them. So Monday we checked out some other options. Our search took us to Radioshack where a young female employee told us that what we were looking for was out their other location, at The Mall. When we looked confused, she asked if we were from around there and we admitted that we were not and told her where we were from. Then she looked at us so genuinely concerned and blurted out “Do you know where you are?!”
I’m still not really too sure where this question came from, but I appreciated her concern for us all the same.
When all the other options didn’t pan out, we headed back to the Verizon store. I let Steve go in and do the talking, since he’s the internet whiz and I wanted to play Word Scramble on my iPhone instead 😉 He got two young women, managers, who said that in fact we could do what we wanted to do in the first place! I think I should send Steve alone into stores with female employees more often now. They gave him a $50 rebate and even filled in the form for it, and gave him a stamped envelope to mail it in with!
So I am happily typing away using our new MiFi device as Steve drives Amelia towards Baltimore. Yes, Baltimore. We changed our plans when we woke up this morning and are headed there and then to the Skyline Drive tomorrow.
Bye for now!