This is a Thursday Doors post (I didn’t think the hashtag would fit in the title without causing it to wrap). It’s also a riverboat post, and if that makes you think of “The Delta Pearl,” Teagan Geneviene’s current serial story, well, there is a connection. There’s also a connection to my youth. I’ll get to those, but first, I need to explain why I chose the door I featured today. It’s for The Editor. I’m not going to share the story, but let’s just go with it’s one of those “someday we’ll look back at this and laugh…” stories whose day hasn’t arrived, yet. (Note: while proofreading she said, “I’m not laughing”) – give it time.
Some of you know (because I’ve written about this before), but when I was in high school, I worked on a riverboat. The Gateway Clipper “fleet” (at that time it was 3 boats) plied Pittsburgh’s three rivers for sightseeing and entertainment. Technically, I worked for the catering company that catered the Gateway Clipper Fleet’s events. These included proms and weddings and the regular Captain’s Dinner Cruise. On occasion, I also worked the shuttle run to Three Rivers Stadium for baseball and football games. I loved that job, and I love these boats. Whenever we go to a game but are not staying on the North Shore, we park on the west side of the Monongahela River and take the Gateway Clipper Shuttle to PNC Park or Heinz Field. It’s a fun little ride, it saves money on parking and it helps us avoid gameday traffic. And who doesn’t want to be on a riverboat?
When we were in Pittsburgh in August to see the Pirates lose to the Cubs, we took the shuttle to PNC Park. At that time, Teagan had already started “The Delta Pearl” and I figured she might be able to use more riverboat photos. As if I needed a reason to take pictures of boats, paddlewheels, smokestacks and doors, excuse me, hatches.
I was able to get pictures at the Gateway Clipper dock, on the river as we passed other ships in the fleet, from the ballpark as ships floated by and on our way home after the game. Since this post is about a ballgame, I included a couple of doors from PNC Park as well.
Thursday Doors is a fun weekly bloghop offered by Norm Frampton. Each week, Norm posts a wonderful collection of doors he has found, and he invites others to join him. People come from around the world to participate and the result is a stunning collection of wonderful doors. If you want to join us, or if you just want to look, head on up to Norm’s place. He will have everything you need to know on his page.