Big Day For An Adult Scooter Ride And Birds

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Time today for an adult scooter ride I didn’t quite complete when I tried it several months ago: The Los Angeles River Trail, from North Atwater Village Park, starting at the architecturally interesting white suspension bridge for pedestrians and horses, up to the end of the trail near Warner Brothers in Burbank.


An adult scooter ride starting at the white suspension bridge

That bridge cost $17 million when it was built in 2017. It’s suspended from a single white mast that has an unusual angulation, and supports two parallel pathways, one for horses, the other for cyclists and pedestrians. You can see it from the 5, and I consider it a most attractive Los Angeles landmark.

When I rode this trail before, I’d stopped at the Riverside Drive overpass, not pushing all the way to the end because it was a hot day. Today’s perfect, pleasantly cool, blue skies, a bit of a tail wind going up, enough to make the number of scoots exactly the same in both directions, with a 119’ elevation gain at the mid point of the 5.7 mile round trip, and the upper end of the trail maybe 75’ higher than the starting point.

A day for birds

This was a day for the birds. The Los Angeles River here is filled with trees and vegetation. There were many snowy egrets wading in the shallow river bed, with their black beaks, unlike the larger great egrets with their yellow beaks that I’d seen a week ago on the Compton Creek Trail.

There were also flocks of grebes, with their flashy white necks, red eyes, black backs, and stylish pink legs. Perfect for Hollywood, like the movie studios across the creek including Quixote, where I’ve had several auditions and a job or two. And hundreds of coots, the black ducks with ivory colored beaks and glowing dark red eyes. And Canadian geese.

A conclusion to this adult scooter ride

Not many riders on the trail today. Just a hundred yards beyond where I’d turned around several months ago, there was a barrier gate. I spoke for a few minutes there with a nice guy, Mikey, out for a bicycle ride. He told me he’s been to that gate many times, and has never seen it open. In any case, I made it, to the upper end of the trail! Another notch in my belt, and also a big day for the birds!

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Jonathan Kelley
Jonathan Kelley, 80, was born in Boston, and educated at Exeter and Princeton, then Harvard Medical School, after a year teaching English in Cali, Colombia. He was a Navy anesthesiologist during Viet Nam. He spent the middle decades of his life working in a community hospital in Northern California. Besides his career in medicine, he’s a chef, pianist, and actor in his artistic life. In the kitchen, he specializes in croissants and cooking with coconuts. At the piano, it’s boogie woogie and Joplin rags. As an actor, he’s done fourteen seasons in a Mexican Christmas play in Los Angeles, plus the occasional movie role, as in the soon-to-be-released feature film “Amor en 266 Millas,” where he plays the hippie patriarch of a desert commune in the Antelope Valley. He has two books available on Amazon, “Counting Backwards from 100: My Life as an Anesthesiologist,” and “Short Stories by Jonathan Kelley.” Searching for improved balance and leg strength at age 77, Jonathan came by chance upon a Xootr scooter. Jonathan’s wife is the lovely Puerto Rican actress Gloria Laino. Their mix is like Puerto Rican arroz con gandules served next to New England style cranberry sauce.

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