Here are a couple of art drop-off sessions.
The first one on May 22 is pretty routine: A tile left on an electric tower base at the Power Line Trail, Horsham, PA. This trail, a county park, is a place you’ve seen me go to a lot recently. The trail follows the line of enormous towers for 5 miles or so. If you go a round trip walk, think about what a nice bit of exercise it would be…
The drama of the huge towers’ silhouettes against the sky, though, never gets old to me.
Now, for a new site to me. On May 23, my husband and I took a drive out to Collegeville, maybe 30 minutes away, to check out this location for a future walk. It’s Lock 60 at the Schuylkill Canal Park.
The lock is a restored version of what was a long series of locks in the canal, which paralleled the Schuylkill River. I set a tile on the bridge over it.
As you can see, the site was very quiet, with just a few people fishing or biking along the trail. We walked over to the Black Rock Dam, which regulates flow of water from the canal into the Schuylkill.
Look at this photo again. The dam is just to the left of this photo…
…here’s a view looking over the dam as the flow heads toward the river (which is the water further out in the picture)…
and here is a photo of the dam from the other side (we were standing on a portion of the dam that bends around to form an L). You can see the walkway I stood on to take the above photo – and the canal is behind the walkway.
This canal is of course no longer in use; in fact, this is one of the few sections with water in it now – but the idea of using a canal to provide safe shipping routes was important in our area’s history. The Delaware River, which like the Schuylkill, flows to Philadelphia (in fact the Schuylkill empties into the Delaware at that point) also had a canal system.
The trail I mentioned is part of the Schuylkill River Trail, which originates in Philadelphia and depending on how you count it, runs through Valley Forge and points west for 75 miles or so. There is a great site here that tells about it.
Like so many trails in our area much of this trail runs on old rail lines.
This summer, I know that we will not be going many places and our usual routines will be disrupted. But…I see there are so many parts of this trail I have never traveled in our local area – most of it is within a couple of hours’ drive. I think there could be more explorations of this trail this year for us.