Black Bear Spotted in the Wissahickon

Does a bear swim in the Wissahickon?

Apparently so. According to a Facebook post from the Friends of the Wissahickon, a black bear was spotted on Forbidden Drive in Wissahickon Valley Park. It was last seen heading toward Devil’s Pool.

Devil’s Pool is a swimming hole with a strong pull on ursine as well as human Philadelphians, it seems.

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A Modern Metallic Marvel in the Wissahickon

Photos by Sam Oberter

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 »

5 Best Running Routes in the Wissahickon (With Maps!)

Photo via Flickr

Photo via Flickr

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 »

Worst Idea Ever: They Want to Fill Devil’s Pool with Rocks

Photo by Kara Milstein

Photo by Kara Milstein

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 »

The Eternal Lure of Devil’s Pool

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 »

The Checkup: The Sriracha Lover’s Must-See Guide to Cooking 

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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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Introducing … Ask Liz: Your Philly Conundrums Solved

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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 »

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