Friday, March 4, 2011

A river runs through it, for now



You are not going to believe the derring-do I suffered for this photo. Unfortunately, effort doesn't always equal execution. Oh, well, you'll just have to trust me on this one.

We're in the Arroyo, south of Hahamongna, pretty close to where the river meets the road. Or a concrete gutter, at any rate. Where the river stops being a river, and becomes a conduit for lost tennis shoes, plastic bags, shopping carts.

Today, the saviors of Hahamongna Natural Watershed Park will be giving tours, from 9-12. I can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday morning.

Information is here.

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  1. If they're not the saviors, then they're at least the martyrs.

    Is a Hahamongna tour like a Huntington?

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  3. If only the saviors had been around before those awful condos got built.

    Great shot, I don't care what you say. The derring-do was worth it.

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  4. I'm leading a 9:00 tour, by the way. We're going to have a blast.

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  5. Petrea's tours of Hahamongna will be interesting and entertaining, so I hope everyone heads down to Oak Grove Park this morning to join her or one of the other guides.

    No-one has ever taken a photo of the two bridges from that angle before, I swear. Can't think how you got to that spot without trespassing or getting killed by traffic. Isn't it amazing the way the two bridges diverge then converge? Pity about those new houses down there.

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  6. Bellis will be at the Walkabout, too.

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  7. The man who stopped the river being put into a concrete channel below the two bridges stood up and took a bow at a meeting I went to a few years ago. He worked for the City and refused to let the engineers touch that part of the river. Now that was brave! Hope someone brave at Pasadena City Hall stands up to the LA dam engineers over the proposed bulldozing of Hahamongna.

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  8. If you guessed almost killed by traffic, you'd be right.

    Bellis, what a great story. I love that guy. Andyou two couldn't ask for a better day to show off the Haha. I'll drop by early and take some photos.

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  9. Yep...very unique angle of the bridges!!! And I love the aged photo look of the processing!!! Have fun today!

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  10. Amazing photo. Hope the walkabout was a success.

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  11. Bellis
    Interesting!
    Two places exist in the Arroyo where when I was a kid (mid 70's) we could swim. Underneath Suicide bridge right before the drop off. We used to take our horses into the water and at certain points it was deep enough that they couldn't touch bottom. Another area is just below Thompson's stable by the San Pasqual (?) bridge and across from the South Pas baseball diamonds. It's thick lush/mush and jungle like now, but it used to be a swimming hole.

    Hope you all had fun today. I'm part of Mr V's home improvement chain gang and couldn't escape.

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  12. Well, will anyone be able to resist giggling as they say, "Hahamonga!"?

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  13. Such a great shot. I love that word "Hahamongna." Related to the Tongva, I understand. The watershed is an amazing and irreplaceable habitat that should be preserved in perpetuity. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.

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  14. PA, my gardener also remembers swimming under the Suicide Bridge as a kid and sliding down the concrete dam there. Kids can't have fun like that any more. You had a horse???? Lucky thing.
    I think I know the swimming hole in South Pasadena you mean. It's like an overgrown, rainforest-covered oxbow lake parallel to the Arroyo Seco channel.How did it get there?

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  15. Impressive photo! Glad you survived the "capture" of Freeway, America.

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  16. I'm guessing that you were standing on an overpass(?) and that cars were whizzing by very close to your derriere and that your hair was at the mercy of the wind? Exhilarating, non?

    I hope Haha is saved. Whatever happens you can all feel deep satisfaction at having done your very best to save it. You're an amazingly focused and smart thinking bunch of bloggers.

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  17. Very nice! It looks like a great place to be on a nice day with a camera...

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