|June 25, 2011||Posted by kitchenbliss under Hometown Favorites|
Wow! Tomorrow is our annual trek to our city’s beloved amusement park, Kennywood. I am a Pittsburgh native. For any of you who may have heard of the Pittsburgh Steelers- 6 time Super Bowl Champs- you may also know that we Pittsburghers are a loyal bunch. Kennywood is part of that loyalty. It boasts one of the oldest running roller coasters in the nation. For almost every kid in Pittsburgh and it’s many surrounding suburbs there will be a ‘Kennywood Day’ every summer to await, akin to Christmas Eve and their last day of school.
Although I grew up in the city, my family is now way out in the southwestern suburbs creating a minimum of an hour commute, not figuring in the traffic. Why then am I awake now, at 1:34 a.m. when my cell phone’s alarm is set to a bright and early 6:42 ( on loud beeps, mind you ) when tomorrow will be such a long, full day of chaos, crowds and even possibly a tantrum or two? It’s the Fries!!! Could even be the funnel cakes, or even the cotton candy. I really can’t pinpoint it, but the memories of these once a year treats has me awake at the keyboard. I managed to get the girls to sleep at a relatively decent hour of 10 p.m. yet here I am thinking about all the little things I need to remember in the morning, the bandaids, the jackets, some baggies for cell phones and cameras….but the truth is, I’m excited! I can not wait to get on the Kangaroo and laugh ’til I scream. And finally- my youngest will be able to ride most anything she wishes. For years I thought I would always either be pregnant or pushing a stroller-how time flies! I’m so grateful that I can still get this excited over anything besides a great tax return. Guess I’m not that old after all!
So, share with me your hometown faves. We have a ton here in the ‘Burgh- I’m sure I won’t be able to resist filling you in.