I was pleasantly surprised with Pittsburgh. We loved getting to explore the place where Clint served on a mission for two years. Favorites included the Warhol museum, Hogwarts (aka the Cathedral of Learning where we took a rickety elevator up 40 floors and I got dizzy), all the bridges, incredible architecture, and amazing houses everywhere.
For the four nights we were in Pittsburgh, we stayed at this gorgeous English Manor bed & breakfast, and every morning the chef cooked us some amazing French toast and omelets. (The mansion originally belonged to a family in the printing press business; that and the fireplace in our bedroom made me extra happy.)
We spent a couple days in Erie to see Conor. I've heard about the guy for years and was thrilled to finally meet him. Clint baptized Conor while on his mission, and now he is heading on a mission to Brazil. It was so great to spend time with him, Jared & Sonya (other converts he baptized). We went up to Palmyra to visit a few Church history sites and go through the temple with Conor. What a beautiful, peaceful place... even though it was 5 degrees outside and I was wearing a skirt.
Niagara Falls was awesome. And freezing. I thought my toes were going to fall off, but they didn't.
The wintry beach at Lake Erie was lovely.
We woke up to a thick blanket of snow towards the end of our Pittsburgh stay. It was really pretty, but our hotel was at the top of a steep hill and we couldn't drive up or down because of the ice. The roads were pretty bad everywhere, and we had to cancel our trip to Fallingwater. (For about twelve years I've wanted to go there, and it's what I was looking forward to most. Maybe I shed a couple tears, okay?)
Despite that and the fact that my fingers were usually way too cold to take good photos, it was a successful trip. I'm looking forward to going back someday in the fall to see all the trees and leaves changing colors.