Monday, July 20, 2015

Vacation 2015 Days 2 and 3: Latrobe, Pennsylvania

Got up Saturday morning and drove the 5 hours to Latrobe, PA to visit family.  It's always good to see family, but since this is supposed to be about our adventures, let me tell you about Latrobe.

First of all, every time we go there, we go to a restaurant called Gino's and I have pierogie pizza.  Pierogie pizza has the best of everything: crust, butter, mashed potatoes and cheese.  I refuse the sauerkraut.  Don't knock it until you've tried it.

We decided to give Latrobe the tourist treatment on Sunday afternoon.  For those of you who don't know, Latrobe has several claims to fame:

1.  It is the home of the very first professional football game ever played, in 1895.  A man was paid $10 to play quarterback for the Latrobe YMCA.  

2.  It is credited with being the birthplace of the banana split.

3.  It is the birthplace and childhood home of golf legend Arnold Palmer.

4. For the last 50 years, it has been the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers training camp.

5.  It is the birthplace of Mr. Rogers.  I didn't want to be a total creep and post photos of his grave, but he is buried in the same cemetery as my grandparents and great-grandparents.  About 10 miles up the road, at Idlewild, a small but awesome amusement park, you can ride Trolley into the Land of Make-Believe.  At the end you sing "It's such a good feeling, to know you're alive..." and I get weepy every time.

1 comment:

  1. Your educational tour is working even for us back at home. K was telling me all about these Latrobe facts before I read your post. Thanks!!