Xootr Street Scooter Ride And The Great Egret

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Today’s Xootr Street scooter ride adds to my expanding familiarity with the network of bicycle trails in and around Los Angeles.

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A Xootr Street Scooter ride and the great Egret

A few weeks ago, my friend Jorge and I had ridden our scooters down to C. David Molina Park on the Los Angeles River Trail, within striking distance now of the Port of Long Beach, only six miles further away.

There’s a side trail along Compton Creek, going northwest for just over two miles, from very near C. David Molina Park. I wanted to get it under my belt before Jorge and I continue our push to Long Beach.

The 18” wide, partially paved sidewalk

It’s about a half mile walk west on busy Del Amo Boulevard to get to the entrance to the Compton Creek Trail. This ride idea seemed crazy to me while I walked to the trail, on a sidewalk that’s about 18” wide, and only partially paved, while cars and trucks sped by just an arm’s length away.

Once I got to the Compton Creek Trail, however, I was glad I’d chosen this ride. The creek flows in the center of a lush bed, with wide swaths of dense green vegetation on each side. I saw lots of birds, a passing freight train by on the opposite side of the creek, and well-tended lots for commercial truck companies on the other side of chain link fences parallel to the trail. No homeless people on the trail north of Del Amo, no other riders, and no pedestrians. I had it all to myself. Well, almost.

Meeting the great Egret

My new friend the great Egret.
My new friend the great Egret.

A great Egret was ahead of me on the trail on my return. I’d stop to admire him, then he’d fly ahead, and we’d repeat our dance. I left him part of my oat nut power bar, on the trail, as his snack reward for giving me such a show.

At the end, I rode a hundred yards south from Del Amo to see if I could go all the way to where Compton Creek flows into the Los Angeles River. At a cluster of tents in the dip between the embankment and businesses on the other side of a high fence, I asked a homeless guy, who told me that to go from Compton Creek to the river trail, I’d have to walk down the embankment, because the trails don’t connect.

Conclusion

So, I walked back to my car at C. David Molina Park on the narrow sidewalk, smiling at the memory of my new friend, the great egret.

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Jonathan Kelleyhttps://www.jonathankelley.net/
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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