One Man’s Trash: Week 5 Report

Between two berms: under Henry Avenue at Gorgas Run
Between two berms: under Henry Avenue at Gorgas Run

WEEK 5: Gorgas Run to Chestnut Hill Avenue

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Super Bowl Sunday! Great day to spend in the woods, I’ll tell you what. This was a bit of a long one, right before a, um, blitz of winter weather buried the woods in snow that would last until spring.

Everyone knows the original concrete arch “Henry Avenue Bridge”—the majestic Wissahickon Memorial Bridge, designed by Paul Cret and Ralph Modjeski (who had collaborated on the Ben Franklin Bridge just a few years prior). That bridge, spanning Lincoln Drive and Wissahickon Creek, opened in 1931, connecting East Falls and Roxborough via Henry Avenue.

But in the mid-1950s, the suburbanization of America trickled into city limits with its cul-de-sacs and freeway fashions. In Roxborough, the extension of Henry Avenue meant spanning Monastery and Gorgas Runs, two of the Wissahickon Creek’s many tributaries. In much the same way the old stone arch bridges (Valley Green, Bells Mill, etc) and the two giant concrete bridges (the first Henry Avenue bridge and its older sibling at Walnut Lane) do, the two Eisenhower era bridges treat the park with respect. Their high concrete forms defer to the park’s surroundings without much flash beyond the style of their day; the traffic above them, perhaps that’s a different story.

Below Henry Avenue at Gorgas Run, the flyovers of the future were my Super Sunday starting point for a Yellow Trail trek all the way up to Chestnut Hill.

WEEK 5 HAUL

Super Bowl Sunday mighty wings, the "food" hocked by last year's Super Bowl People from the 49ers and Ravens
Week 5: Super Bowl Sunday mighty wings, the “food” hocked by last year’s Super Bowl People from the 49ers and Ravens

METAL
1 12oz can Natural Ice
1 12oz can Bud Light
1 12oz can Yuengling Lager
1 12oz can Keystone Light
1 12oz can Miller Lite

GLASS
1 16oz bottle Pepsi (old school / 1980s)

STYROFOAM
1 16oz McDonald’s McCafe coffee cup

PAPER
1 box McDonald’s mighty wings
1 16oz 7-Eleven cup
1 SEPTA transfer
1 mom’s phone number on note paper

MISC
1 pack USA Gold cigarettes
1 blue Sharpie
1 ceramic tile
1 bicycle tire reflector

Mmm ... Fat Tire. [Homer drool.]
Mmm … Fat Tire. [Homer drool.]

PLASTIC
1 22oz Wawa cup
1 straw
1 12oz bottle water Nestle Pure Life
1 12oz bottle water (no label)
1 12oz bottle Diet Coke
1 2oz bottle 5 Hour Energy (pomengranate)
1 wrapper Hammer Gel (Montana huckleberry)
1 wrapper Special K strawberry bar
5 pieces random plastic

CLOTHES
1 giant scarf

DOG ROUNDUP
Dog shit piles: 0
Dog shit bag: 1
Dogs on leash: 0
Dogs off leash: 6

Stupid iphone. I wonder if that Samsung Ellen and Bradley Cooper used would have had a better zoom and resolution of these deer.
Stupid iphone. I wonder if that Samsung Ellen and Bradley Cooper used would have had a better zoom and resolution of these deer.

PANORAMA OF THE WEEK
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