That bundle of crumpled black plastic you see in my left fist is a dozen or more dog waste bags the Albany Parks Department was kind enough to supply and somebody then threw away or carelessly dropped on the Cox Creek Path.
This was the Cox Creek Path railroad underpass on Thursday afternoon, and as you can see, the walls have once again been repainted to look clean. This spot on the Albany park system is tagged so often that I think it would be a promising candidate for camera surveillance.
In the Age of the Lawsuit, maybe this was the inevitable result of a couple of trees on Albany’s Cox Creek coming down in a windstorm two weekends ago. On Saturday these signs had appeared at the western entrance of the Cox Creek Path.
The weather system that raked western Oregon last weekend is mostly forgotten, and it wasn’t as much of a storm as had been feared, but you still see reminders of it if you ride your bike along Albany’s Cox Creek Path.
There’s an online fact sheet put out by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife titled “Living With Snakes.” This fat little serpent, however, might benefit from something called “Living With Bicyclists.” Stretched out across the warm concrete of the Cox Creek Path on Friday, it was taking quite a chance. But it lucked out. I saw it in time and veered around it.