link courtesy Jenny Price!
Yeah for George. I thought for sure he’d get a good scrape on his nose from going under the low overpass.
We used to ride the clear ditch that runs the length of the Rio Grande in innertubes when I was growing up. All day long, slathered in baby oil.
Last year we got lots of precipitation in the Rio Grande Valley, and a lot of folks tried kayaking and rafting down the Rio Grande. We saw lots of abandoned ice coolers and rafts.
thanks for the comment, ybonesy. yes, that was a challenging trek under the low overpass. nearly took the nose off indeed. and getting down that tiny creek was more difficult than I imagined. funny that you mention the Rio Grande, as i was kayaking there this last summer (and astonished at how unused it was — at least that main chunk beneath the gorge bridge). the shame is that when you have a real river like that, you tend to take its beauty for granted. i was at the FOLAR awards ceremony recently, and marveling at the enthusiasm for the LA River. kudos to all the people (esp. visionaries like lewis macadams) who have worked so hard to bring some dignity and respect to a much-abused river.
Those of use who grew up in the Rio Grande valley don’t take the river — its beauty nor its role as lifeline to our entire way of life — for granted.
I, too, am in awe of the folks who love and advocate for the LA River. It’s inspiring. Keep it up, you guys. You’re showing those of us who are ending up with pieces of the rivers becoming urban how to take care of our lifelines.
Congratulations for your excellent environmental work. I’m sure your trip will help make LA a much better place for me and my family. Someday I’m sure the river will be restored thanks to you and your associates hard work and sacrifice. I’ve thought so many times of floating down the LA River. When a kid I floated down the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers on a raft. Keep it up.
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