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Traveling South Along The Salton Sea

Achievement: #95. Salton Sea & Salvation Mountain

Have you ever visited an area for the first time, and instantly known you’d been there before? That is the feeling we get when visiting the Salton Sea. Join us on a tour. Continue reading

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In Which We Visit A Giant Metal Spider

Achievement: #101. Bring Spider to Visit the VW Bug Spider

During this year’s trip to California, we saw beautiful wineries, stunning deserts, mountain peaks…and this giant metal spider, made out of the husk of a VW Beetle. You’re welcome. Continue reading

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We Finally Dine At Gaucho

Achievement: #9. Finally Go to Gaucho

Several years behind schedule, we finally joined the ranks of people who have had a wonderful dinner at Gaucho Parrilla Argentina. Come take a culinary tour of epic proportions! Continue reading

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The Great Pittsburgh Pierogi Crawl

Achievement: #21. Pierogi Crawl

We begin 2018 with some unfinished 2017 business. We’d be truly remiss if we did not present to you…the 2017 101 Achievements Pierogi Crawl! Continue reading

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A Pup-Hike At Coopers Rock

Achievement: #31. Coopers Rock

To celebrate the first weekend where it really felt like autumn, we took a ride down to Coopers Rock State Park, near Morgantown, WV. Layla Grace came along with us, and she turned out to be a natural hiker! Have a look at the scenery. Continue reading

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Free Songs And Fritos: A Hartwood Acres Adventure

Achievement: #10. Hartwood Acres | #17. Make a Frito Casserole

This summer, we had the chance to take in one of a series of free concerts at Hartwood Acres in the North Hills, and we brought two special guests — our dog, Layla, and a Frito casserole! What is Frito casserole? Click to discover its wonders. Continue reading

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Adventures In Brunching: Kelly’s Riverside Pub

Achievement: #30. Kelly’s in Bridgewater

A search for a mythical brunch locale of the past brought us to an even-more-epic brunch spot of the present. We submit for your consideration: the sandy beach brunch buffet of Kelly’s Riverside Pub. Continue reading

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The Tea House At The Top Of The World

Achievement: #34. Banff Teahouse Hike

While visiting Banff National Park in Canada, we got to go on a one-of-a-kind adventure: we hiked up to the top of a mountain to have tea at the St. Agnes Tea House. Check it out! Continue reading

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Finding Gems At The Hard Rock

Achievement: #55. Wildcard #2

Earlier this month, we were invited to sample a new, locally inspired test menu at Pittsburgh’s Hard Rock Cafe — and we were *very* pleased with what we found. Come have a closer look! Continue reading

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The Climb To The Top Of The Cathedral Of Learning

Achievement: #94. Climb the Cathedral Stairs

Back in the spring, we undertook a University of Pittsburgh tradition: climbing all 34 flights of stairs in its tallest building, the Cathedral of Learning! Have a look; maybe you’ll…learn something. Continue reading

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