Jorge and I rode our Xootr kick scooters today on the Los Angeles River Trail, out of Riverfront Park in Maywood, south almost to Imperial Boulevard. 6.7 miles round trip.
Our Xootr Kick Scooters Today, Here, Now
The Los Angeles River Trail has an upriver section, from Warner Brothers in Burbank several miles down to Oso Park in Frogtown where the 5 and the 110 and the Gold Line cross the river to downtown.
Then the trail stops, to allow for multiple railroad yards and industrial areas around central Los Angeles. The trail starts up again a few miles southeast of downtown, in Maywood, where Slauson Boulevard crosses the river, and continues to the port of Long Beach.
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Scooting a few sections of the Los Angeles River Trail
Jorge and I have scooted a few sections of the Los Angeles River Trail south of here, almost to Long Beach. It felt good to button up this northernmost stretch of the trail where it resumes its course to the south after the downtown interruption.
I like this part of the trail too because it’s right across the river from Bandini Boulevard and the site of the former gravel pit body of water that used to be called Sleepy Lagoon (no relation to the Harry James band’s version of a song by the same name) where flashed the spark that led to the infamous Zoot Suit Riots of 1942.
The history of Los Angeles
You can reach out and touch the history of Los Angeles here. One of these days I’m going to wear my red zoot suit when I make this ride, to salute this amazing town.
On the trail, today, we saw another old guy, on foot. He had on cargo pants and a blue polar fleece vest. He wore a shoulder bag, carried binoculars in one hand, and was wearing a broad- brimmed blue hat on his head. I asked him, “What are you seeing today, Mr. Ornithologist?” After acknowledging that he is indeed an ornithologist, he said he was looking for unusual visiting species of migrants birds, not just the great egrets we’d been seeing in the river bed.
Besides Mr. Ornithologist, we saw a street artist painting a cool mural in gangland script graffiti on a section of wall just off the trail. He wouldn’t permit me to take his picture!
Today, here, now
So here we are, just we two, Jorge and me, experiencing what it is to be a part of Los Angeles, today, here, now. The city throbs with life.
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