El Dorodo Park Via the San Gabriel River Trail Way

Last weekend I headed out early to beat the heat wave Southern California was experiencing.  With the temps predicted to hit 100 degrees, I wanted to walk as early  as possible and avoid the heat.  Unfortunately the gates of my favorite park don’t open until 8:00 a.m., so I parked at the Town Center Mall and took the San Gabriel River Trail (SGRT) to the park’s unlocked back entrance.

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The SGRT is a concreted river running from the mountains to the Pacific Ocean.  It’s often called a flood channel or river bed.  Believe it or not, this was a real river at one time until concreted in the 50s.

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To the left of the river was a grove of trees and free-growing grasses.   If I could have, I would have jumped the fence and walked the dirt path.  Although great for bicyclist, the asphalt path is hard on the feet.

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I guess I wasn’t the only one with an idea to beat the heat.  The city stocks the lakes and there is always a few poles around the lake.

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Just a pretty bridge connecting me to the far side of the lake.

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A Great Blue Heron on the move.

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The park offers boat and paddle boat rentals on the weekend.

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Gratitude for cities that recognize the importance and need for green, open spaces. Time to head home.

 

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