Hidden Place, H-Town

We don't really have an Adventure Tourism guide for Haverford Township. We have found some remote, quirky places tucked away in off-the-beaten track trails and roads, though. Do you recognize this? No? It's part of the CREC trails. The plaque commemorates an old railroad that went through that spot. It's a bit grown over at the moment, but that adds to the adventure part of it!   P.S. If you want some help finding this spot, there's a hike this Saturday! HIKE: Saturday, August 20 – Reserve North / Under the Blue Route Hike 9 – 11 am Meet in the first parking lot on the right after you enter the Reserve from Darby Road (~1000 Parkview Drive for GPS/Maps). Hike all north and west trails from the PECO trail to the Blue Route trail. Moderate difficulty 3 mile hike with a few short but steep climbs. Stream views, mostly shaded. Passing under one of the busiest Interstates (I476) into a quiet wetland preserve, traverse an old rail right of way with great views, and then return using the Backwoods and Athertyn trails. Good walking shoes, long pants/sleeves or repellent suggested. … [Read more...]

How to Hide Your Havertownie Search Trail

Sometimes we just want to search the ol' WWW without leaving a trace. Browsers like Safari, Chrome and Internet Explorer all keep a history of every term you type into a search bar and every page you visit. Some users don't find this data tracking to be a big deal, as no entity seems all that interested in spying on an individual's browsing habits. Other users cringe at the privacy-crushing possibilities of a lengthy history being accessed by others... or the government, if you're a conspiracy nut up on current events. Thankfully, there are some sites that allow anonymous searching. One such site, DuckDuckGo, is even a Philly area start-up! Located in Paoli, DuckDuckGo is a web page that will let you search on terms without leaving a trace. Other options are StartPage or an "incognito" window in your browser. More and more anonymous searching options are coming online each day (not so much for mobile yet. Don't browse for medical information or other incriminating things on your phone). Go over to DuckDuckGo & give 'er a try. Because even in our everyday lives in Havertown, we still have stuff to hide. … [Read more...]