Stair Walk #28: LA River Loop

Last Sunday I did walk #28 from my Secret Stair book. I’m not going to go into too much detail, as I want you to buy the book and do the walk, but I will share my (zillion) photos and tidbits from the walk.

The walk begins along Los Feliz in Atwater Village. And as I found out, only while I was waiting for my friend Michelle to join me, this walk is not for people to do alone and not for hobo-phobes. It’s easy to never see this part of LA along the LA River, since the only access is through walking paths or bridges therfore it’s private enough for people to move into. Thankfully, Michelle still agreed to do the walk with me even after I read her the disclaimer in the book.

The weather was a little chilly, but when the sun peaked out occasionally, it was perfect.

In parts of the LA River it’s nonexistent, but in others it is a a thriving source of life.

Birds play in it. People bathe in it (I didn’t take pictures of that). You can see trees growing in the middle of it. It’s like the waste and muck formed a solid and have enough nutrients to grow life. It’s really odd.

The walk leads you back into cute neighborhoods, which is a sharp contrast to the homes amongst the bushes and pathways that we just walked past.

This walk didn’t have a ton of stairs (only 115 steps total) and yet it was a 3 mile loop. We did cross over and under bridges.

We walked on paths that I’m positive joggers wouldn’t go to.

Here’s another secret stair looping us to the east side of the LA River.

We passed a sports complex filled with people playing tennis and soccer.

We walked back across the highway eventually lead up with an earlier portion of our walk.

It was getting late in the day and we almost finished our walk when I got these last two shots in.

Birds + Puppies!

Sometimes my work is awesome… or at least the lot I work on. I’m in the middle of blogging (on a post to come later) and these lovely creatures are steps away from my door. I had to stop mid-post and start another.

There were more doggies, but this one is my favorite. Her name is Beatrice. And the bird above is fed blueberries to keep it’s eyes that bright blue. First tigers and now birds and doggies!