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.