It's rare that you meet another person on the narrow, winding wooded trail between Albany's Simpson and Bowman parks. Today, though, I ran into a man who was tacking a missing-person poster to a tree. Here, listen to him explain:
Shane Schmidt and the man helping him with the posters said something to me as I was riding by on my bike. So I stopped and learned what they were doing.
The teenager they were hoping to find had not been seen for a week. Let's hope she's all right and turns up. The poster suggests that anyone who knows the whereabouts of Gypsielynn Papesh, 16, should call the Albany police.
As I mentioned, that riverside trail is not exactly swarming with people. But you can find the occasional campsite, a temporary home to the otherwise homeless. This tent, for example, had been set up by the trail on Saturday. It wasn't there the last time I ride past that spot a few days before. (hh)