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Re: The Ytterbium Analysis

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:15 pm

Day 6: Chasing Waterfalls and Fly Balls

After a hard day at Kennywood, it was time to head off into the Pennsylvania countryside!

What's that? DelGrosso's? Idlewild? Dude, have you even read one of my reports? Ain't nobody got time for credit whoring some children's park. Not when there's the coolest house in the whole country just an hour and a half from Pittsburgh. I'm headed for Fallingwater!

The tour was incredible. It was a rainy day but they supplied free mandatory umbrellas. This is an old house, and stock parts don't work. Maintenance on this place is enormously labour-intensive and expensive too. Thus the tour isn't cheap; they start at $30. "What? That's as much as a theme park ticket! Why aren't you at a theme park?" Fine, you go credit whore something and come back in a couple days when I'm back at a theme park, ok?

Phew, glad we got rid of Coasterboy. As I was saying, this is a kickass house and the tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. There are no photos during the tour. None. They are very particular about that. They do let you take pictures on the grounds after the tour is done, and I have quite a few here. Enjoy!

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Back in Pittsburgh, it was time for some lunch at Primanti's and a walk around downtown. I also went to the Fort Pitt museum for some history lessons about this fair town. I kind of expected downtown to be bigger than it was, but it was very small and walkable. The topography of this area leaves very little space for skyscrapers, so they're all extremely tall and huddled together. I loved Point State Park, really beautiful.

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And now for the main event, the most beautiful ballpark in America, the legendary, the one and only PNC PARK!!!!!

The game was delayed a bit for rain, and once it got started, it was pretty lopsided. I was cheering for the Pirates, mainly because they suck and the Atlanta Braves were a wild card rival for my St. Louis Cardinals. (since then, the Braves have gone on a tear while the Phillies have fallen off, so the Braves will win the NL East; but at the time they were only a couple games apart and it wasn't certain). But as usually happens, the team that's going to the playoffs just murdered the team that stands a decent chance of not losing more games that they win. Oh well, craft beer and a beautiful stadium, can't go wrong with that.

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This was a great, low key day in western PA. Next up, the legendary original Carnegie Library!
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Re: The Ytterbium Analysis

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:41 pm

One of my Architectural Bucket List Things was to visit Falling Water.
Long time ago. Almost forgotten about it, till all your wonderful photos were posted.

How big is the property it sits on? There seems to be so much untouched lush greenery around it.

<sighs> Thanks for all the great outdoor shots. And those of Pittsburgh, too. :smile:
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Re: The Ytterbium Analysis

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:28 pm

^ It's on 1500 acres. The house is enormous (and there's a guest house too that's the size of a normal house). There are a ton of nature trails and you can go walk in the woods if you want. The tour price includes an all day grounds pass.

coasterbill wrote:Great report. I read this on the plane the other day and forgot to comment so... sorry about that. :lol:

I've still never been to Kennywood (which is insanely ridiculous and stupid) but I think next year will probably be the year that changes.

No worries, I've done that too. You should go, I think you'll like it. It's basically Bizarro World Knoebels where they don't know how to properly run all the awesome things they have.

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Postby PKI Jizzman » Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:02 pm

I love that Shrimp Heaven shirt that's hilarious, haha. Pittsburgh is an underrated city which many Midwesterners probably avoid because they hate the Steelers and they'll never know what a great place it is. That house is really cool. Reminds me of the secluded house in Ex Machina. I looked and that house is in Norway with mountains added to the view. Close!
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Re: The Ytterbium Analysis

Postby bert425 » Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:02 pm

wonderful pics of FallingWater -- wonder why they won't let you take pics inside the house, I know they used to (because I have some from many years ago, and I don't think we broke any rules to take them - nevermind it would have been with a camera the size of a shoebox back then. .so how could you take stealth pics anyways).

amazing that the grounds look exactly the same so many years later -- they are doing some great maintenance keeping the outside of the place looking great.

seriously, thanks for sharing. . that Frank Lloyd White house is one of my favorite places I've been to (still need to get to House on the Rock tho to see Jordan's design work -- and the Carousel, of course)
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Re: The Ytterbium Analysis

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:04 am

Fallingwater really is a treasure, and they work very hard to maintain it. Anyone who's interested in art, architecture, engineering, or nature will really have a good time out there. It's easy to get to, just a few miles off the turnpike, and there's good signage giving directions, which is appreciated when you lose GPS signal.

I imagine the no photography on the tour is partially to keep tours moving, and partially to protect the house and furniture from damage that may be caused by someone not paying attention while selfieing. If your phone has to stay put away, you'll be more aware of your surroundings. This house is 80 years old, and all the furniture was custom designed by a man who died half a century ago. It's literally priceless; it cannot be replaced.
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Re: The Ytterbium Analysis

Postby Dombot » Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:20 am

No coasters in a TR? Boo! Heresy! Lynch him! :lol:

In all seriousness, awesome report. Pittsburgh is such a cool city.
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Re: The Ytterbium Analysis

Postby coasterbill » Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:47 am

Great report! We really need to get to PNC soon.

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Re: The Ytterbium Analysis

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:03 am

It is the best ballpark. Beer selection is great. You'll love it.
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Re: The Ytterbium Analysis

Postby 805Andrew » Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:50 pm

Cool trip report so far. I did Cincinati/Kings Island in late May/early June along with Kentucky Kingdom and Holiwood Nights at Holiday World and I did Cleveland, Cedar Point, Kennywood/Pittsburgh, Niagara Falls and Toronto/Canada's Wonderland last month. Next time you go to Cincinnati try Camp Washington Chili. It's better than Skyline (I haven't tried Gold Star) and although they just have one location its easy to find on the north-south I-75 fwy just north of the downtown area with its own parking lot. They also serve craft beer in cans and are open 24/6 (closed Sundays). Its not too far from the Cincinati Zoo which is really nice. Also Jungle Jims (either location) is worth checking out, its like the theme park of grocery stores.

Your Monday at Kennywood looked just as crowded, if not more crowded than my Saturday at Kennywood. The date I went was August 11 and I didn't arrive there until just before 1PM as I drove there from Cedar Point after checking out of Hotel Breakers. Two of us bought our VIP Coaster & Thrill Unlimited Tours a few days prior online and the other was lucky they still had them at the park for sale. It made our day so much better and we were able to have a pretty relaxed day at Kennywood though I noticed their operations made Six Flags look like Disney. The employees in the games booths totally reminded me of Adventureland, they looked sad and lifeless. Even with the Unlimited Pass, it only included the five open coasters and six of the flat rides so I still had to wait 30 min to ride Garfield's Nightmare (the queue was half filled compared to your picture) and ended up skipping some rides like the water ride in Lost Kennywood (it was hot and humid of course) and the Kangaroo which I almost did. I noticed most of the crowd at night was around Racer and Jack Rabbit (it was a 10:30 park close day) and Thunderbolt and Phantom's Revenge were station waits after 9 PM. Turtle had a long line during the day and it was a walk on at night so I finally tried it then. We ended off the night with five rides in a row on Phanton's Revenge without getting out of our seats (the Coaster Tour reserves two middle rows just for their riders). Our day wasn't truely great until this night ERT. Phantom's Revenge alone is worth a visit to Kennywood and I got nine rides on it throughout the day. Potato Patch was really good after being underwhelmed by it at a different location in the park two years prior. I got my Swedish Fish Rita's Italian Ice and then went to the main Potato Patch and got it with seasoning and gravy. A bit later I got a sausage sandwich from a hut so it was probably the same place you got yours. I really wanted to try Waffles & Dinges but it was closed when I was hungry again at night and the BBQ in the beer garden also looked good, but all was good because we ate at a Primanti's by the waterfront under the bridge after the park.

Gas was the only thing I didn't buy at my first Sheetz stop of the trip since I filled up at the Speedway next to Kennywood the night before. I ordered a full breakfast there the day after Kennywood and bought several different sodas and chips to try. Their breakfast bagel sandwich with guacamole and salsa was really good (for a fast food breakfast) as well as their Toasted Marshmallow flavored cold brew coffee and they had cans of Surge and many different flavors of bottled Canada Dry including non-ginger ale flavors so I really liked Sheetz.

For Pittsburgh, did you go up the Duquesne Incline? I had a limited time in Pittsburgh after my day at Kennywood since I was driving to Buffalo Niagara and was also stopping at Conneaut Lake Park and Waldameer along the way, so I only went up the Duquesne for the amazing views of the city.

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I like Yelp for restaurants and Trip Advisor for hotels, attractions, and things to do. Yelp lets you filter by distance, most reviewed, and "open now" which is helpful for finding restaurants late at night. I feel more restaurants get reviewed on Yelp but more hotels definitely get reviewed on Trip Advisor. Trip Advisor is good if your figuring out things to do in a city/area your unfimiliar with.
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