One of the advantages of riding a bike through town is that you can easily stop any time you see something interesting, or just something tempting like all these berries on the side of Albany’s Cox Creek Path.
The Cox Creek Path is the paved bike and walking trail that runs along the boundary between the cities of Albany and Millersburg. It’s short, just a few hundred yards, and runs from the parking lot at Simpson Park to Salem Avenue near Waverly Lake.
On the one side of the path there’s the right bank of Cox Creek, where the Calapooia Watershed Council did a good deal of work a few years ago to plant native shrubs and such. On the other there’s the fence of Talking Water Gardens, and that’s where, near the railroad trestle, the passerby will find this big batch of blackberries.
That’s also where the city has helpfully posted a notice to watch out for nests of yellow jackets throughout the grounds of the Water Gardens. At the berry patch, you’re competing with wasps, of course. But if you’re careful and don’t bother them, you can hope they won’t bother you. (hh)