Monday, January 21, 2013

Sunshine, Powerline and Terpsichorean Time

The Powerline Trail
Saturday was the first really nice, sunny day we had in about a week.  We had a few errands to run, but didn't want to miss the chance to enjoy the great weather, so Kali and I ran our errands and then decided to walk the Powerline Trail, a paved pathway created by a neighboring municipality on a high-tension powerline right of way.  The trail winds for 2-1/2 miles through an old tree nursery, municipal parkland, playgrounds, and a bit of woods, but mostly it runs through residential subdivisions, so (as Kali put it) it's pretty sterile along most of its length.  However, the trail is paved (important during the middle of soggy winter) and it was convenient to where we were running our errands.  We also discovered a new parallel trail recently created by the municipality on a closed section of roadway, and this parallel trail runs through a hedgerow alongside actively farmed fields and near a pond, so it provided more appealing scenery than that available by looking into neighbor's mowed backyards.

The trail does offer one other nice feature.  About one mile from its southern terminus, the trail descends into a valley and, at the bottom of the hill, crosses the headwaters of "my" creek - here much narrower and less voluminous than it is when it flows through "my" preserve a few miles downstream.  Nevertheless, the stream has decent, perennial current and kids like to look for crayfish under the rocks.  Also, heading northward from the stream crossing, the trail ascends a hill and a few hundred feet further along reaches a watershed divide: south of the divide, precipitation enters "my" stream, while north of the divide precipitation drains into the much larger watershed to the north and east (although both "my" and the adjacent northern watershed both eventually drain into the Delaware River). 

In the evening, Kali and attended a performance of the Pilobolus Dance Theater in Philadelphia.  Pilobolus is one of the most highly regarded contemporary dance companies in the world, and the house was sold old.  Pilobolus (which we've seen several times) never fails to to impress and delight.  (Pilobolus, incidentally, is the name of a genus of fungus, so there is a "natural" connection.)
A still from Azimuth (2012)
A still from Gnomen (1997)

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