A walk in the park


From the window of our car we see kids kicking neon pink balls on green grass. Their parents unwrap snacks packed in aluminium-foils. Next to them, a woman sits by herself on a bench, a book lays open on her lap while her eyes scan the endless sky. It is a warm day. The breeze hits our back, in short quick waves.

We park our car at the entrance of Fox Point State Park, and walk on a well-laid road that opens into the blue of the Delaware River.

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The river freezes time. A stark contrast to the constant buzz of the I-495 traffic that it runs parallel to.

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Standing by the railing, all you see is a massive blue jelly that shivers ever so often, as if tickled by the invisible hands of the wind.

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You forget the rat race, and instead, find yourself, bending down on your knee, and taking a close look at the folds of a flower.

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And zooming in on the burst of yellow amid a crowd of purple.

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As you walk along the four-mile stretch, you see what seem like a bunch of straw-hair heads, bent in prayer.

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A home where sparrows return to at the start of dusk.

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And creepers that adorn the railings.

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It’s hard to believe that this was once a ‘hazardous waste dumping site’. Pennsylvania Railroad wanted to use it for industrial purposes.

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But thanks to a man called Marsten Fox, and his vision to convert this stretch as a ‘window to the Delaware river’, now it is quite a summer vacay spot, to picnic, take a leisurely walk by the river…

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… and watch ships sail by, while munching on a pack of pretzels.

Agios Nikolas is the name of the cargo vessel that we spot. It has come a long way from Greece, and will now rest in the port of Philadelphia for a while.

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The vessel looks like a giant centipede, and floats away with a grace that has us wondering: now, maybe the curtains will fall?

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