Timelapse: Paddling The LA River

Of ALL the times for my usually dependable GoPro cam to quietly crap out, it would have to be on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity (or at least once a year if this www.paddlethelariver.org program is deemed successful) to kayak a roughly two-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River between Balboa Boulevard and the Sepulveda Dam.

So instead of a timelapse capturing the whole amazing experience, all I’ve got is these first 130 frames that were snapped at the very beginning in the slow-moving waters west of our launch point under the Balboa Boulevard overpass as everyone in our group got acclimated to our boats. It’s better than nothing, but knowing what the dead camera missed and how I might not be able to capture it again, I can’t help but be bummed out and hopeful that the program is allowed to continue next year — because I’ll certainly do it again.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with laonstage.com, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."