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Paddling the LA River

LA River paddle

A friend and I joined eight other intrepid paddlers at an unreasonably early hour a few weekends ago and, dressed for Class IV rapids, we paddled and portaged our way through two mild and meandering miles of LA River.

It was via Paddle the LA River, a pilot program launched this summer to test the waters -- literally -- for the feasibility of guided tours down our favorite concrete waterway.

They showed us how:LA River paddle

They helped us aboard:
LA River paddle

And where needed, they helped us through:
LA River paddle

LA River paddle

It was scenic:

LA River paddle

LA River paddle

With lots of wildlife:
LA River paddle

And plenty of trash:
LA River paddle

Which, like good citizens, we collected:
LA River paddle

LA River paddle

LA River paddle

And when it was over, we all knew our urban river a bit better. And some of us loved it even more.
LA River paddle

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