Forbidden Drive

by laury on October 23, 2011 · 25 comments

Hey, Friends! How was your weekend???

Ours was pretty relaxing. Dinners, football, and some outdoor activity.

We took Ella to one of my favorite local nature paths this weekend:


I remember coming here since I was a very young kid. When my cousin and I would sleep over our grandparents house they always would take us out to breakfast in the morning then for a walk on the Wissahickon trail. I remembering being confused as a kid because everyone called it something different. I always call it “Valley Green” then people will say “where’s that” because they know it as “Forbidden Frive” or “Fairmount Park.” Regardless of what you call it, it certainly holds a lot of memories and is a wonderful peaceful place to walk, bike, run, hike or even swim.


My parents would always bring us to “Devil’s pool and we would jump off the big rock into the water. I spent lots of time hiking there with friends and in high school we spent our senior cut day(s) hanging out near the bridge with portable barbeques

Weezy enjoyed looking at and listening to the water as we walked along the path:

However she slept most of the time.


When she woke up she was actually really happy and content until we were about 1/4 mile from the car [when I had to carry her the rest of the way].


As much as I love it at Valley Green/Forbidden Drive I don’t go as often because I refuse to go alone. It seems like every week I hear about an attack there and I am not willing to risk it. If you go on a weekend or early in the morning there are usually a lot of people around. Obviously I would never go off onto one of the hiking trails alone but even the main path can be deserted at times…even on the weekend. It’s a shame that it has to be like that because it is beautiful and so peaceful. I would be there every day! Maybe I am just overly paranoid. It happened to me once I became a mom. There were plenty of people there running solo but I just am very uneasy about it.

I love getting outdoors and exercising but I get way too bored walking over on the path at the park or one of the high schools. I can’t look at the same thing in circles over and over. I end up only walking a mile or two out of boredom. Then just go to the gym.  Here I could walk 10 miles and not know the difference.

Ella and I need daddy or a walking buddy though. Or a big dog.

We walked about 8 miles and ended at this cute little cafe:

I was so excited when this place opened. I never really got a chance to go there this summer, but they have fitness classes, and a Vitamix [smoothies!], and some tasty menu items.

It’s very charming inside. And quaint.

Michael was all about the cookies. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get a taste.

I got a smoothie and the kid working seemed very confused about me making up my own concoction. It was the least complicated recipe ever, way less than what they had on their menu but I guess I threw him off?

Spinach, blueberries and peaches with soy milk.


Michael is trying to talk me into making him snickerdoodles right now but I really just have a lot of laundry to do and some articles to write for work. Hope you all have a great rest of your night!!

Do  you have a favorite trail where you live?

Do you feel safe running alone when there’s not a lot of people around or do you feel relatively safe where you are?

If you are in the Philadelphia area…what do you call “Forbidden Drive” by it’s name or one of the many others it’s known for?


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