I love my town. Pittsburgh is the only place I can imagine raising my family and today I learned something that made me love it even more: the city of Pittsburgh has more trees than people.
Pittsburgh has, in fact, more trees than any other city. And bridges, and sandwiches with french fries on them, and rabid football fans, but those are other stories.
I went to a lunch in honor of our parks today where we all had to wear hats and I sat next to the wonderful guy who runs them (parks, not hats), Dick Skrinjar. Dick described Pittsburgh this way, "We're a city inside a park." And we are. None of that concrete wrapped around a park stuff here. We are green all over.
Anyway, this lunch was fun and interesting. I've never been to a "Hat Luncheon" and when I walked downstairs to leave for the event in my borrowed straw hat and flowy, luncheon-y sundress my daughter said, "You look like the 1800s."
But the creativity and love put into some of these hats was unreal. I took photos on my phone and I am excited to share with you below - hopefully it will get you in the mood for spring, and a walk in the park.
(So will checking out the beautiful photos, like this dogwood shot, on the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy's blog - here.)
Mostly, today was a day for thinking about hats:
It was a perfect scene, made for a hat:
And an opportunty to see that our mayor is pro-hat:
Purple head to toe was great too, although I wish I got a shot of her shoes:
The delicate detail on this hat is just right for the shy angle with which it is worn:
One word - awesomesauce:
Among my favorite hats of the day (sorry about the lighting - dang iPhone camera). They were stunning:
There were a few DIY theme hats, which I appreciated:
"Can I check you in?" hats:
Can you see the flower covered, lovely hat (worn by the lady in the red)? It was very pretty.