Concert Seating At Heinz Field

They host concerts at Heinz Field and until we actually tested it I was a little bit turned off by the idea of sitting in the nosebleed section.

Having been to games at the stadium and sitting in the nosebleed section, I can vouch that you can see the jumbotron from anywhere except right underneath it obviously.

The people on the stage will be ants. And I’m pretty sure that section far above the endzone is bleacher seating, if that affects anything/what to bring.

If you really like the band, I’d go with floor level. Otherwise, you’re there to hear live music watching the screens. All of those seats have great views of the screens. You can’t make out their faces from those seats, but you can see what color clothes they have on.

There is that live element that is so unique to being there. The sound, the crowd, etc. Watching a concert on tv is ok but being there, even far away, sometimes is worth it for the overall experience.

Camping In PA & WV

There are a lot of great places to go camping around PA and WV. If you’re up traveling the 3-4 hours, Rickett’s or Summersville are popular destinations.

Yet, there are plenty of amazing spots around PA/West Virginia. It really depends if you are looking to rent a cabin or set up a tent.

I grew up camping at Pymatuning Lake, my parents have a small cabin up there and it’s where I learned to love the outdoors. It’s only about 1.5-2hrs away, right on the state line of Ohio and PA. Tons of stuff to do up there.

Last summer we did a bit of camping at Seneca Rocks, WV. The drive there was incredible and it’s a really cool area.

Very remote.

There is a nice trail up the back side of the mountain with a lot of switch backs, very easy hike if you have kids that you’re taking a long. The views from the top are incredible.

Allegheny National Forest isn’t too far away and is a great camping spot. If you’re looking for a little closer, Ohiopyle and Laurel Highlands are beautiful areas.

I have a small list of places I plan on exploring this summer. Among them are Ricketts Glen State Park in PA to explore some waterfalls, Summersville Lakes in WV for some cliff diving. Also Cherry Springs, PA to wake up under the stars. Cherry Springs State Park is one of the darkest places on the east coast.

There are two great resources I really like to use. One being recreation.gov. You can input your interests and it will give you all kinds of cool areas to visit. Another I like to use is the app/website RoadTrippers. You can input your destination and it will show you everything from camping to cool dive bars to crazy roadside attractions along the way.

I keep this app on the home screen of my phone and use it pretty often.

Inexpensive Wedding Venues

I am one of those people that things that the current price for weddings is getting crazy. I don’t think that our wedding cost any more than $10k. And it was a nice affair with around 170 guests. So it wasn’t tiny either.

I am however one of those people that really gets a lot of joy from all of our great parrks. And they do make the perfect backdrop for a wedding.

Riverview park has what’s called “The Chapel” (not really a church or anything) but has a beautiful outdoor patio and is just beautiful. You have to contact city parks and actually talk with them about the different options. When I helped a friend with her wedding I called around and got different information and was able to get a good idea of what they offer.

As I called around I found out that North Park Lodge is reasonably affordable, and if you know it then you will know that it is nice. That allows for an outdoor wedding as well as a reception under cover in case of inclement weather. If you are ok with the uncertainty of the weather, I’ve also walked past the gazebos in South Park and seen weddings going on there. I think that they are relatively inexpensive, if not free, since I’m not sure that a permit was required.

Uh, Was There A Mix UP With the Marathon Shirts

Every year at the Pittsburgh Marathon Expo participants are given technical shirts with the marathon’s sponsors on the back.

All of the girls that particpated got pink shirt while all the guys participating got green shirts. This is my tenth year running and this is a first; usually all the shirts are the same color and the only difference is the race listed: relay, half, or full.

Seriously pink shirts for women?

I wasn’t able to trade for a green one and none of the volunteers I talked to had any idea why there were two different color shirts this year. I was really annoyed that I was stuck with a pink shirt. Green is actually my favorite color and pink is one of my least favorite, thanks marathon people. Any positive or negative comments are likely to make it to the people who make these decisions.