My base route in Philadelphia for workouts was a 9 mile loop from Falls Bridge to the Art Museum and back. It is an absolutely beautiful place to spend time walking, talking to people, seeing the sites.
I used to chuckle at and cheer on the tourists running up the Art Museum Steps to do the Rocky Run and jump up and down at the top. Yes, they did that every day!
A visit is highly recommended if you are in town and don't want to do touristy things.
I would get on my skates, do three plus laps of the park, and see all sorts of things there.
One afternoon, I saw a police car sitting on Kelly Drive just south of Falls Bridge talking to some older guys who had just hauled in a Catfish. The fish was at least six feet long. If you told me it was longer I would have believed you.
Kind of a shock as I didn't realize there was anything actually living in the Schuylkill River around the year 2000.
I definitely miss Fairmount Park. "If I hit the lottery", I'm buying a summer house just off that park so I can skate there again.
But ... At any rate, this was in my mind when I found this story.
Old man fishing truth stretching
Two old men were sitting around the coffee shop one morning sharing fishing tales as they sipped their coffee.
One man man was notorious for stretching the truth on his catches. He always had to top everyone’s stories.
The other old man was telling about him catching a 60lb catfish and how it took him 2 hours fighting it and it suddenly snapped off at the bank only to escape after all the struggle of landing it.
The other old man chimes in and said “yeahhhh well I was fishing the other morning and I felt a heavy bite so I slowly reeled and set the hook set so hard it nearly snapped my rod!”
The first guy rolls his eyes and replies “ oh sure here we go again”.
He resumes his story and said he fought the beast for 4 hours dragging it up from the bottom until he finally saw something surface.
He pulled and pulled and ripped it on the bank of the shore.
He couldn’t believe what it was. He said ”It was a lantern!”.
The other old man didn’t seem that impressed and said “ok so you snagged an old rusty lantern off the bottom? Big deal?”
The old man replies “ yeah but the weirdest thing was it was still lit!”