One Man’s Trash: Week 7 Report

In the cave, behind Icicle Wall
In the cave, behind Icicle Wall

WEEK 7: Chestnut Hill College to Valley Green

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Ah yes, the nigh-60º Saturday spring tease in the midst of the long winter of our discontent. This one was especially long—a roundtrip urban-woodland hike.

In trying to get to my bank in Chestnut Hill, I just missed a 23 bus walking toward Germantown Avenue, so I started walking up the Avenue toward the Hill. You know the routine, walking ahead and looking over your shoulder every half block for the bus that isn’t coming, so you keep walking. Made it all the way to the bank on foot before another one came. Yep.

Left the bank bound for the high end of Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill College, figure I’ll catch the L or 97 bus there. You know the routine, walking ahead and looking over your shoulder every half block for the bus that isn’t coming, so you keep walking. Made it all the way to the college, crossed the Germantown Avenue Bridge over Wissahickon Creek, crossed at the crosswalk and started in on the Orange Trail. Oh look.

Sonofabitch!
Sonofabitch!

Bound to happen.

This sunny and quasi-warm day expedited the snow melting process, which left even my “waterproof” boots soaking wet. A squishy slushy day on the trail for sure. Melting snow always exposes piles of dog turds buried under snow too, a bonus for this long hike which follows the Orange Trail all the way to Valley Green. Pretty good looking, all American haul too.

USA! USA!
USA! USA!

WEEK 7 HAUL

Week 7, a colorful mix
Week 7, a colorful mix

GLASS
1 16oz bottle Snapple Apple
1 9ml bottle Rush nail polish remover

METAL
3 16oz cans Rolling Rock
1 12oz can Miller High Life (pull tab)

PAPER
1 small tub Baskin Robbins
1 crumpled white bag

PLASTIC
1 Little Tikes baseball bat
1 24oz Wawa cup
1 pack CVS tissues
1 pouch Capri Sun
1 24 oz McDonald’s cup
1 1/2 gallon bottle Welch’s (no label)
1 12oz bottle (green, no label)
1 small bottle Sutter Home pinot grigio
1 pregnancy test (not pregnant)
1 giant bag (18 “treat bags” inside) Cheetos/Doritos
1 treat bag Doritos
1 condom wrapper (Trojan)
1 bag Fritos
2 pieces random plastic

Germantown Avenue Bridge, built 2003
Germantown Avenue Bridge, built 2003

CLOTHES
1 hat (Tree City USA)
1 glove
1 crampon(?)

MISC
3 cigarette butts
3 tennis balls
1 piece twine
1 US flag
1 rubber band

DOG ROUNDUP
Dog shit pile: 8
Dog shit bags: 0
Dogs on leash: 5
Dogs off leash: 5

Bells Mill Road Bridge, built 1820
Bells Mill Road Bridge, built 1820
Orange Trail, Lavender Trail ... Green Trail???
Orange Trail, Lavender Trail … Green Trail???
Trail between the rocks
Trail between the rocks
Wissssssahickon Schissssst
Schist. Love that schist.

PANORAMA OF THE WEEK

Northernmost bend of the creek in Wissahickon Valley Park, across from Harper's Meadow
Northernmost bend of the creek in Wissahickon Valley Park, across from Harper’s Meadow

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