Julia’s Day Off : September
Sometimes 100 things happen and you have to break a few rules to meet a goal. I do not believe this is “cheating,” I believe this is improvising. I also always win at Candyland… no.matter.what. So there’s that…
In order to keep my day off streak going, I
cheated improvised and did exactly what I wanted to do on a Sunday. And it was just as glorious.
First things first, whenever I have a day off I ALWAYS get breakfast. Always. Breakfast is something that I too often skip because I’m too busy. So when I’m off you bet your ass that eggs will be involved. Treat.Yo.Self.
Marty’s Market is a great spot for breakfast. One of my favorites actually. Parking is a breeze (there’s a garage), the breakfast meat is made in-house (hai), they have a coffee bar, plenty of seating options (outdoor, indoor, or a counter if you’re flying solo), and pancakes. Plus you can grocery shop after you’re done.
I wanted to mix it up a bit and got the 2 sunny-side-up eggs, house made sausage, potatoes, and toast. Clearly, I had a man-sized hunger.
There is something about crispy potatoes that makes everything right in the world. These were no exception.
After breakfast I headed out of the city to North Park. First, to the driving range. Followed up by zip lining at Go Ape, part zip line course, part ropes course.
Typically I’m not afraid of heights. But sometimes when you’re strapped to a wire by a belt and asked to jump off a platform 50 feet in the air, you become afraid of heights. This was the case for me last Sunday.
After signing the waiver saying you might die, you go through a short training and a mini course. And then they let you go out on the course. Alone. At first this seemed terrifying but you shortly learn the ropes (see what I did there) and feel totally comfortable taking your life in your own hands.
The first obstacle is the hardest. Because you feel crazy for climbing up a 50 foot rope ladder into a swaying pine tree for fun.
I stood on the edge of the platform wondering why I agreed to partake in this course in the first place. And then I jumped and let out a silent scream as I slammed into a cargo net. Yay heart attacks!
The rest of the day went much more smoothly. There’s nothing like zipping through the trees on a beautiful fall day. Especially when you follow it up with pumpkin beer and wings from Mad Mex.
Julia’s Day Off is a series about exploring Pittsburgh during a day off filled with things you want to do rather than have to do.