Solo Date 2 - Schuylkill River/Bike Trail, Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
I found myself with a miraculous day off again this morning, springing out of bed at 9am like a kid on Christmas morning! It was a beautiful, 62 degree day here in Philly, a perfect day for a nice long bike ride on the Schuylkill.
Otherwise known as the “Dirty Schuyks”, this river is notoriously crappy. But, a wonderful coalition has managed to preserve plenty of vegetation and add a smooth asphalt trail used by runners, bikers, and walkers.
The cherry blossoms were in full bloom today. I was overwhelmed with the sheer perfection of the weather when I saw a little dirt path along the trail, maybe 500ft along the river. It looked too down trodden to be walked often by human feet, and that appealed to me.
There, a couple of mama geese let me get nice and close to watch their chickadees munch on some grass. I was more than delighted by this family, and when I turned around, there were at least four more swimming in the river!
I did some rock scrambling to find a really nice spot with a sideways growing tree, and a fallen tree as well. The area was untouched by humans and beautiful. I said goodbye to my geese friends, and headed off to the museum.
Naturally, I spent most of the time in the Chinese exhibit. There was two overwhelmingly large frescos of “healing Buddha”, a Chinese Lion playing with her cub (Which I later learned are modeled after pugs, since lions aren’t indigenous to China!), and so much more. I was in this exhibit for so long that I was alone for about ten minutes, under a huge dome, free to explore the incredible history before me.
I also learned of Israelites, Native Americans, Iranians, Africans, Greeks/Romans, and Mexicans. It is incredible how many artifacts have been recovered and placed here.
These days teach me so much that I simply cannot describe it. If you are scared to go out alone and explore the world through your eyes without sharing the experience with another, please reconsider. Please force yourself to do it. There is something very special about being alone and establishing your sense of self without the aid of others.
I hope you all have an inspiring evening.