One Man’s Trash: Week 6 Report

Well I was going to do the Week 6 hike during the ice storm before Ma Nature got all nasty on this poor car
Well I was going to do the Week 6 hike during the ice storm before Ma Nature got all nasty about it
Trying something new with the spring green park boundaries. No sir, I don't like it.
Trying something new with the spring green park boundaries. No sir, I don’t like it.

WEEK 6: Allens Lane & Lincoln Drive to Livezey Lane

Going out and into the woods during an ice storm seemed like a good idea at the time, despite warnings via email from Friends of the Wissahickon to not do so and the sound of sirens and chainsaws and branches clinking like Plinko from above. It wasn’t until I watched a giant branch fall about 20′ from me and saw an entire tree resting on a home in Mt Airy’s French Village and another that had destroyed the car above that I decided, “huh. Maybe not.” (Still, I took the long way home on foot through the neighborhood, surveying the damage: Pics on Hidden City.)

Instead, I let the ice storm run its course and came back two days later for a short but difficult hike on the trails hardened by ice. Branches, and in some cases whole trees, were downed everywhere, especially under the pines. I scrambled down to Cresheim Creek just below Buttercup Cottage (the ruin on Emlen Street/Cresheim Valley Road at the intersection of Cresheim Road) and followed the creek more or less all the way down to Devil’s Pool, where I hung a left and followed Livezey Lane out of the woods. A shorter than usual hike, but in those conditions, it was plenty. And I still managed a decent sized haul of trash …

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WEEK 6 HAUL

Week 6, featuring tons of busted pieces of styrofoam
Week 6, featuring tons of busted pieces of styrofoam

PLASTIC
1 1/2 gallon bottle Snapple Tea
1 24oz bottle Gatorade
1 24oz bottle water (no label)
1 16oz bottle Minute Maid apple juice
3 12oz bottles water (no labels)
1 16oz Sobe Lifewater (pomegranate cherry)
1 8oz bottle water (no label)
1 wrapper Swedish Fish
1 bag Herr’s cheese popcorn
2 coffee lids
1 bottle cap Coca Cola
1 wrapper Gobstopper fun size
1 random ball (paintball?)
1 piece twine
3 pieces random plastic

Fallen pines everywhere
Fallen pines everywhere, these near McCallum Street Bridge

METAL
1 16oz bottle Coors Light
1 crushed can (unidentifiable)

STYROFOAM
20 random pieces

GLASS
1 10oz bottle Sprite
1 broken piece glass

MISC
1 red balloon
1 nasty piece cloth
1 cigarette butt
1 lighter
1 pair clip-on bells
1 piece burlap

Gross, man.
Gross, man.

DOG ROUNDUP
Dog shit piles: 4
Dog shit bags: 3
Dogs on leash: 2
Dogs off leash: 9

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Watch your noggin
Watch your noggin
I call this one, "Postcard for an Aunt"
I call this one, “Postcard for an Aunt”

PANORAMA OF THE WEEK

Telner-St Martins Bridge over Cresheim Creek
Telner-St Martins Bridge over Cresheim Creek, McCallum Street in distance

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