Thursday, August 28, 2014
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A stroll in the Wissahickon, minus leash and sporting equipment and finding robins

A few brave souls ventured into the Wissahickon yesterday. Couple of dog-walkers, several X-country skiers (inspired by the Olympics, perhaps - anybody see Charlotte Kalla's unbelievable finish in the women's 4x5K relay???), one intrepid bicyclist (icyclist?) and a handful of others without leash or sporting equipment. Just there to enjoy the scenery, although that became increasingly difficult as the sun went in and the temperature went down. Walking in narrow, icy ruts was challenging, too.

A stroll in the Wissahickon, minus leash and sporting equipment and finding robins

A few brave souls ventured into the Wissahickon yesterday. Couple of dog-walkers, several X-country skiers (inspired by the Olympics, perhaps - anybody see Charlotte Kalla's unbelievable finish in the women's 4x5K relay???), one intrepid bicyclist (icyclist?) and a handful of others without leash or sporting equipment. Just there to enjoy the scenery, although that became increasingly difficult as the sun went in and the temperature went down. Walking in narrow, icy ruts was challenging, too.

It was very beautiful, if cold, and it was wonderful to see so many robins, looking well-fed, rustling around whatever water was moving. Spring will come. Someday.

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

Virginia A. Smith Inquirer Staff Writer
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