Friday, November 26, 2010

"Hike 1"

Are you marveling at my amazing camera skillz (so powerful, they end with a Z!)?

Before the great feast yesterday, the fam and I wandered down to the river/aqueduct for a little river walk/hike. I say hike because I actually walked down to the water so I am considering this a hike.

Actually, there have been a lot of people interested in urban adventures in recent years. People who look for nature WITHIN the city landscape instead of outside it. I am not one of those people. I want mountains and fresh air and no screaming babies or trash but you have to go with what you got and yesterday, I had river walk (errr...I mean hike)!

So what are my thoughts about a river running through Silverlake? Well one, it is amazing how much wildlife is around. Cranes, ducks, dogs without leashes. Two, it is amazing how many islands of dirt and reeds are in the middle of the river. I have been told that people actually camp out on these dirt islands which seems pretty cool. However, there seems to be a decent homeless population hanging out in the aqueduct which I imagine adds a slightly volatile (possibly stabby?) element to camping.

I was also amazed about how many people were out bike riding and walking their dogs (or more accurately, letting their dogs run wild and vainly trying to call after them when they wandered away). In the East, people go out only when necessary or they want to do outdoorsy things. This is due mostly to the perpetual crappy weather. Here, it is nice all year round so people just naturally do things outside. I was told it was a "light" biker/dog day on the trail so I can only imagine what it is like on the weekends.

Overall, 6 out of 10 for nature, 4 out of 10 for wearing dress shoes on a "hike" and 10 out of 10 for going through a hole in the fence to get to the river walk. Adventure!


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