Pittsburgh Panoramas

We made it home from our week long adventure back east, visiting family in Pittsburgh. I haven’t processed all 495 pictures I took, but I thought I would post a couple images to give you a taste of what we saw.

Heinz Field Panorama – Taken from our seats in the absolute last row of the top deck in Heinz Field for the Steelers vs Browns game on Sunday, October 18th. We had a blast at that game. Plus, it was the first time we had seen the sun since we got there, so that was a welcome sight. Note: you HAVE to click on the image to go to the biggest version for the full effect. Seriously, just do it.

Heinz Field Panorama

The other panorama I took was the result of a wrong turn. See, we went up to Mt. Washington the day we got there, but it was cloudy and rainy. On Monday, Jess and I were out and about using Rachel’s car (which she graciously allowed us to drive) and we explored some. Anyway, we were heading back to their house, but I was in the wrong lane. I had to turn off instead of going through the tunnel and there was no place to turn around. Well, the GPS told us to keep going, so we did. We ended back up on Mt. Washington, only this time it was absolutely gorgeous! We parked the car to take a few more photos and came up with this one. I’m SO glad I wasn’t in the right lane! Again, click on the pic to go to Flickr to view it bigger.

“Dawn-Tawn” Pittsburgh, PA.

Pittsburgh Panorama

If anyone is interested (especially you family back there) I have MUCH larger versions of these, if you would like.

There will be more to come.

“… then there are dogs that walk perfectly…”

That was a bystander’s quote about Murphy I overheard as we were walking by today during Boise’s annual See Spot Walk fund-raising event. Basically, a couple of thousand dogs and their owners take over the streets of downtown Boise for an hour or two to raise money for the Idaho Humane Society.

Needless to say, this was Murphy’s first attempt at this. Actually, it was my first go-round too. I was nervous he was going to be a total ass. Some days at training he’s such a shit that I don’t want to walk him any more.

When we first got down to the park, he was barking and lunging, wanting to play/attack every dog he saw. Um, and there were a lot of them. However, I got his mind engaged with the training routine that the fine folks at Scotch Pines Training have told us. After a few early struggles, he calmed down and we actually walked through a gigantic sea of dogs completely without incident.

We also got to meet up with one of his litter-mates, a sister that looks exactly like him. Named Sammie. It was funny to talk to her owners and hear the same sort of stories about their dog as Murphy. Eating grass, check. Loves socks, check. Very amusing.

Once the walk started, Murphy couldn’t have been better. Heeling right at my side for the most part. I was even able to put the leash over my shoulder, which is something the dog trainer says we should be able to do. He was awesome.

It was actually a LOT of fun. Seeing all the different dogs was a blast. Murphy seemed to have a grand time as well.

Below you can see some pics taken from the event. You can also go to the Flickr.com set.


On the way down to the park.
Murph on the way

Practicing “Sit”
Murphy Practicing "Sit"

Murphy and Dad
Murphy and Dad

Murphy (right) and his sister Sammie
Murphy and his Sister

Here is your See Spot Walk Mascot shot!
Murphy in the Crowd

Here’s the Scotch Pines Training results
Scotch Pines Training Results

Murph with his Gem Doodle’s family
We're Walking

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