Reading Viaduct.

I've been getting more into urban exploration these past few weeks. I'm not sure whether it's related to turning 30, or finally finishing grad school, or my childhood desires, or the fact that I live in a home without air conditioning, but something inside me has been itching to explore hidden parts of the city.

So, we packed a bag of the necessary provisions (phone, water, snacks.. ok, candy), and headed out to Destination #1: The Reading Viaduct. 

The Reading Viaduct is an old (now abandoned) railroad in Philadelphia. There is a proposal to turn these tracks into an elevated park similar to the High Line in NYC, but it hasn't happened yet.

You have to walk further down to see this abandoned rail station, but it's worth it.

You have to walk further down to see this abandoned rail station, but it's worth it.

Alan can't wait for the project to complete, but I'm secretly excited to have this "park" as my own for a few more years.

Secondary succession at its finest.

Secondary succession at its finest.

I know it's no longer Philly's best kept secret, but it still feels special on those Sunday mornings when it's just you, the trees and the railroad.

If you're local, and you want more details on how to access the entrance (it's not difficult, at all), email me atthegreenmailbox@gmail.com, subject line: "Railroad!"

Also, if you want to support the efforts in turning this into a full-fledged park, check out Friends of the Rail Park.

-Winnie.

Weekend happenings.

So all of us here in Philadelphia just experienced the most magnificent weekend ever, weather-wise. The sun was shining, it was windy but not too cold (to the point where shorts were bearable, as long as you were moving!). Luckily, all things that had to get done this weekend were things that could afford to get pushed back a bit, so we were able to get outside and enjoy the weather a bit.

Carolena-- I think that's your building in the background!

Carolena-- I think that's your building in the background!

Wine shopping, when I found a little bit of CA on the East Coast. I'm super excited to try it out! (And for the curious... yes, SF'ers really do use the term "hella". Hella often)

Wine shopping, when I found a little bit of CA on the East Coast. I'm super excited to try it out! (And for the curious... yes, SF'ers really do use the term "hella". Hella often)

And then at some point during the weekend, I decided to make healthy breakfast-to-go muffins. I ended up making these apple pumpkin muffins.

And then at some point during the weekend, I decided to make healthy breakfast-to-go muffins. I ended up making these apple pumpkin muffins.

Dry ingredients, mixed. I didn't use almond flour or grate the apples (just chopped them up), but the muffins still came out tasting great!

Dry ingredients, mixed. I didn't use almond flour or grate the apples (just chopped them up), but the muffins still came out tasting great!

The finished product!

The finished product!

Have a great week!

-Winnie

Winterstorm Jonas

My biggest #whyilovephilly?

Snowstorms.

10am, Saturday morning.

10am, Saturday morning.

The next morning

The next morning

I know winter storms affect cities all along the East Coast, but Philadelphia does snow right. The snow blankets the city and dulls it -- everything is white and quiet. People on the streets are calmer and just more friendly. AND, because it doesn't snow that often (some winters we don't even get snow!), the city doesn't salt the roads the night before so we often get snow days post-storm. In other words.. no school! Have you watched SNL's "Teacher Snow Day" skit? In case you haven't, I embedded the video below. It's not like that anymore (now that we're in our late 20s/early 30s and we live in different parts of the city), but when we all lived at the green mailbox ...

Those were the times. :)

-Winnie