Goslings, Penn Relays, Stunt-Bike Riders, and a Tree Farm at the Museum?

If you haven’t noticed, the goslings have hatched. The first one I spotted was on Monday in the Wissahickon, and I spotted them along the Schuylkill by Wednesday. Beware: mama and papa geese get very angry if you bike near them. Expect a lot of hissing. The little cutie pies are heavily guarded, but if separated from their gaggle, they can be hard to spot, and even if you do see them and slow down, Mama and Papa Goose will likely yell at you anyway. As a protective mama myself, I feel their pain. Do be careful.

Goslings along the Schuylkill Trail, first week of May, 2012

Aside from the occasional swerve and stop to avoid the newly hatched goslings, the ride to work and back has been pretty straightforward these days with the trail along Lincoln Drive re-opened, but Penn Relays did put a bit of a twist on the commute into work at the end of the week. On my way in yesterday I was stopped no less than 5 times in Penn Park as I made my way in and was asked to show my ID. Interestingly, I mistakenly showed my husband’s ID once and the security guard didn’t blink an eye (hmmmmmm). Anyway, as a lifetime runner I do love Penn Relays, but geesh do they stop up traffic (automobile and pedestrian).

While the runners from Penn Relays will be packing their bags after tomorrow, watch out for the stunt bike kids who have been spotted again this spring underneath the bridge near the museum. Apparently they find jumping down into the middle of the crowded path quite fun sport, but I imagine the one who got an earful from my husband this week won’t be back too soon…

On a mostly unrelated (but almost as annoying) note, has anyone else noticed the recent plantings in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art northwest entrance? Is it just me, or (at least from a distance) do these planting resemble a tree farm? I realize they are not actually a tree farm, just some sort of rectangular planting of evergreen hedges with something green in the middle (I haven’t taken the time to actually stop and take a closer look). Nonetheless, would anyone with more landscape architectural sense/background care to explain what they were thinking? One of my favorite sections of my bike commute is along the museum, and they have done amazing things just in the last few years with the landscaping, but the tree farm is definitely not the highlight.

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Bumpy trails, bleeding heads, boys running with oars, and angry geese…Must be spring!

With the fair-weather crowds, I’ve been riding mostly on the west side of the river. A few more bumps on the trail over there, but when faced with rollerbladers meandering the crowded trails alongside dogs on long leashes and mobs of friends walking side-by-side, I’ll take the bumps. (One can connect to the east side via the East Falls Bridge.) I suppose this will be one up-side when the oppressive heat hits us this summer. We’ll reclaim the trails!

Recent happenings/sightings on the commute include:

A cyclist (on a fold-up) with a bleeding head. She was hit near the Market St Bridge and appeared to be ok, but wow was there a lot of blood. Yikes. Wear helmets and be safe!

A high school crew team running along the trail with oars, yes OARS!, in each hand. What kind of coach sends twenty 16 year-old boys off on an extremely crowded trail to run with giant sticks? I almost stopped to take their picture, but I feared getting whacked in the head.

Poor use of taxpayer dollars example #402,003: A policeman who sits at the Walnut St. entrance to Penn Park periodically in order to tell the occasional cyclist entering to walk their bikes on the nearly deserted ramp to the park.

Angrier than normal geese. Must be mating season. Careful out there!