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"Never don't go" to the Los Angeles River, where a summer of kayaking beckons

The city of LA's Carol Armstrong offers river history to tour participants.
The city of LA's Carol Armstrong offers river history to tour participants. Molly Peterson/KPCC

My buddy Zack Behrens over at KCET reports that the LA River will this summer accommodate nine times as many kayaking tours as last year. From KCET's Confluences blog: 

Trips will run through September 29, and a start date for this summer's program will be announced shortly, according to Mike Mena, spokesperson for the L.A. Conservation Corps. This season they will partner with a number of groups, including Friends of the Los Angeles River, to make this happen.

Unabashedly, I say this is good news. Last summer I went on a tour and reported it for our radio broadcast. (I even had a longer interview with activist George Wolfe on this blog.)

Something about river kayaking in California makes me quote Ratty from "Wind in the Willows" and--at least mentally--wax rhapsodic about summer river rambles in Ben Lomond, and year round treasure-trash hauls in the San Francisquito Creek.

But here I stop just to quote the great Matt Eddy, in advising you about getting down into the LA River. "Never don't go." 

 

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