Road trips with my family have always meant a mix of too much time together and countless fond memories. The past few years, road trips have turned into a time to bond with either my mom and dad in order to get my car to and from Delaware. Slowly I have developed a urning to do the drive by myself, and by some miracle my parents agreed to let me do so.
I originally divided my solo drive from Delaware to Illinois with a stop in Cleveland to visit my friend Caitlyn. I loved experiencing that city, but I wanted to switch it up on my way back. Pittsburgh, which my family had stopped in to break up our drive before, struck my fancy. It is about 7 hours in to the 12 hour drive, making it the perfect location. I was fortunate to have my parents pay for a hotel for the night, but I took it upon myself to explore a bit while I was there.
Pittsburgh gave me a good vibe as soon as I was within city limits, with the bridges and buildings making the drive to my hotel different from what I had expected. I had never been in an American city with mix of mountains and roads before. Snow started to fall soon before I entered the city, so I was excited to wake up to a heavily dusted version of my hotel view. The next morning I visited a highly recommended coffee shop and took it upon myself to explore the streets as I did. Here’s what I found.
Commonplace Coffee On Buena Vista Street
In true anxious fashion, I went in and out of this unfamiliar coffee shop quicker than planned. Maybe it was my day-two-of-the-roadtrip-“bum” look, or it was my fear that my car was somehow illegally parked, but I only took a few minutes to take in the interior of the shop. That was still enough time to appreciate some of what it had to offer. My dirty chai was a solid 6/10, and my blueberry muffin a 9/10. If I lived in Pittsburgh, I would definitely spend a lot of time here.
The Rest of the Mexican War Streets
Up the street from the coffee shop, I found some beautiful buildings. I was stunned by their bright, rich colors. I took the opportunity to whip out my Nikon and take some shots. I explored a few snow-covered streets and did not care whether people questioned why I was photographing their comes. They must know what they have, right?
On The Way Out
I placed my Nikon on the dashboard of my car and occasionally pressed the shutter button, while keeping my eyes on the road, to see what would happen. As expected, most of them were blurry or boring. I was pleasantly surprised by this shot that captured the snow and the diffused light.
I can’t wait to hit the road again, whether it be alone or with some company. Tackling the road alone created a sense of accomplishment that I had never felt before. Having that feeling again, or experiencing a new route and place with friends, is something to look forward to.
I am forever thankful it was a smooth trip both to and from Delaware.