Photos by Sam Oberter
The wait was over.
After raising their family in a traditional residence in Northwest Philadelphia for many years, Leslie and Curt Pontz decided the time was right to follow their hearts and design their dream home, especially after they found the perfect site in the Wissahickon Valley. “I had always wanted to build a contemporary home,” says Leslie. And to make up for lost time, they wanted the process to go quickly. Read more »
Here at Be Well Philly, we love running in the Wissahickon but, we have to admit, running on Forbidden Drive can get a little old after awhile. To make sure we never get bored of our trail-running routes again, we got five Philly running pros to spill the details (maps included!) on their absolute favorite trail runs in the Wissahickon.
So, next time you’re looking for a change of scenery, give one of these runners’ go-to trail-running routes a try! Note: To see a map of each route, just click on the name of it. Read more »
On Sunday, I read with great interest Claire Sasko‘s feature on Devil’s Pool, the legendary swimming hole along Wissahickon Creek. I’ve been known to jump off of 80-foot cliffs in the Bahamas, but somehow, in my 41 years in the Philadelphia area, I’ve never made it to Devil’s Pool. Well, it sounds like I’d better hurry if I want to take the plunge. Read more »
IN THE WOODS OF Valley Green, just minutes off Livezey Lane in Northwest Philadelphia, the small, bubbling Cresheim Creek cascades into a basin that swells between mossy, fern-covered cliffs before emptying into the Wissahickon Creek. Twentysomethings clad in swim trunks, neon bikinis and muscle tanks linger on the boulders, congregating in groups.
Welcome to Philly’s notorious Devil’s Pool. Read more »
• Do you have a headache right now? Not a surprise, considering it’s the Monday after a beach-filled, beer-filled long weekend. Here, a visualization trick that promises to kill a mild headache in two minutes flat — that a lot of people say (shockingly) really works. [Byrdie]
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Chasing Trail running group | Photo via Facebook
If you love to run the trails of the Wissahickon (or if you’d like to love it but are too scared to go it alone), meet your new favorite running club: The oh-so-cleverly named Chasing Trail running group.
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• If Sriracha is your go-to condiment for everything from soup to ice cream (Little Baby’s Sriracha Earl Grey ice cream, anyone?), you’ll love these recipes: 50 healthy recipes — ranging from breakfast to dessert, and everything in between — that are all made better by Sriracha. Plus, how to make a batch of the beloved hot sauce yourself. [Greatist]
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If the taxi I’m in gets into a fender-bender, do I still have to pay the fare? — D.W., Northern Liberties
The Public Utilities Commission, which regulates taxis in Philadelphia, doesn’t have a rule for this particular situation. But assuming you’re unhurt, you’re governed by the same rules you always are in a taxi. In other words, has the driver taken you to your intended destination? If so, pay the fare. If you’re five blocks away and the two drivers are still swapping insurance info, dust yourself off, pay what you owe, and get another taxi — or just walk, for God’s sake. Not that I do, mind you, but I hear it’s good exercise. Read more »
Can we take a minute to talk about how wonderful this fall weather is? It’s breezy, but not blistering cold, and it’s sunny, but not sweat-your-face-off sweltering hot. It’s perfect. And the mild temps are especially wonderful for exploring all the beautiful trails and running spots that Philly has to offer with your pooch by your side. My dog refuses to move beyond four feet from our front door in the summer heat and in the winter snow, so autumn is when we get most of our trail-time in. But after four consecutive falls spent trudging along the Kelly Drive path, I’ve come to the conclusion that we need a change of scenery, stat. But where?
Well, that’s where this post comes in: To help find some new trails to tackle, I asked five folks who love to explore Philly with their pooches where their favorite spots to run and walk are. And boy, did these lovely people provide an arsenal of go-to spots for me and my dog to get our sweat on—from Ridley Creek State Park, where dogs can cool off in the water post-run, to the new Washington Avenue Green and more. So if you and your pup are tired of pounding the same pavement fall after fall, read on to see which spots these Philly folks suggested—you’re bound to discover some new dog-running and walking inspiration. And we’d love to hear about your favorite pup-friendly running spots in and around the city, too! List ’em off in the comments section below.
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If you’ve yet to explore the gorgeousness that is the Wissahickon—especially some of the off-the-beaten-path trails—listen up: On October 5th, the Old School Trail Run returns with a five-mile course through the park that’ll take you on ruddy, backwoods trails, through meadows, along the creek and more.
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