In Philly this week, as in most of the country, we’ve been blasted with crazyhot weather. And Philadelphia hot weather is the worst because of the HUMIDITY. In case you are not familiar with what true humidity feels like, imagine that you are inside your house. Open the door, and step outside. The air outside has been baked until it’s almost a solid consistency. It’s as if someone came in the night and replaced the space outside the door with a brick wall made of air. So solid, you could almost cut it with a knife and see two pieces curl apart. So thick and warm, you could take a ladle and spoon up some of the soupy muck for dinner. Cali, New England, you have NO IDEA how humidity can make you suffer.
So imagine my surprise to see one of the hidden secrets of this area splashed all over the front page of the New York Times!
I’ve written about the Wissahickon and Fairmount Park before. These areas are truly hidden gems of Philadelphia. I doubt that you’d venture into Fairmount Park on your average tourist visit here, but it’s really worth a look. The park spans more than 9,000 acres, was the site of the 1876 Centennial Exposition, and is the site of the first zoo in the United States. (According to Wikipedia).
Forbidden Drive is a gravel road for bikers, walkers, joggers, and horseback-riders only. The road runs next to a creek, and the walk I usually follow starts off by a bunch of ducks paddling around the creek, winds by Valley Green Inn (a great example of what a roadhouse in ‘olden times’ would have looked like), and takes you right by Devil’s Pond. At any given time, there are a handful of brave waders lining up to jump off the large boulders into the pond below, or waiting their turn to use the rope swing nearby. The lead image in today’s NYT captures this image perfectly.
I love the shout-outs to the places I love. I just hope that this doesn’t mean that my favorite hideaways get super popular!