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February of 2016, the LA River Trek biked and hiked along the entirety of the Los Angeles River, from the ocean in Long Beach out into the mountainous limits of the watershed, looking to define nature within an urban watershed.

Now, for the first time, you can read what we found.

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Upstream: A Written and Photographic Journey up the Los Angeles River, by Tamara Lang and Glenn Lewis, carries the reader up the Los Angeles River from the ocean to the mountains, using the natural flow of the Los Angeles Watershed to frame the city within the wider story of water in motion. Using rich photography and poetically sensitive narrative, Upstream asks the question of what nature means within the banks of an urban river, letting the space of the river answer for itself.

Upstream can be found on Amazon in print and as an ebook.

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Latest News from the LA River Trek:

    Christine's Coffee with a Writer, Featuring Upstream

    Last week I had a chance to meet with one of the most inspirational people I know: Christine Marie Bryant, founder of Coffee House Writers' Group and an incredibly astute critic of writing, with whom I shared a cup of coffee and a great conversation about the story behind Upstream. Of course, few conversations with Christine are less than inspirational — if you don't believe me, check out her Facebook page!

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    Posted by Christine Marie Bryant on Friday, May 6, 2016

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    Midday Moonlight: Arroyo Seco at Switzer-land

    I started this post to the background noise of a washing machine as it cleansed our clothing from the dirt of the past week. The last four days of the LA River Trek come as a swirl of mountains and vistas and gentle creeks, threatening to pour away, and I need to capture these memories before they rinse away like the soil in our t-shirts.

    But the trip. I learned, was the easy part. Back in the busyness of Long Beach, the difficulty is now in finding the gaps of time between 15-hour shifts and educational planning to write about what the mountains taught us.

    With time on my mind, it becomes natural to talk about a place where past and present overlap: the Arroyo Seco, one of the tributaries of the Los Angeles River, and a place whose history is tied into the building of roads.

    Switzer Canyon

    Hills as carved by the A.S.

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    LA River Trek Day 3: Griffith Park to Canoga Park

    After almost 60 miles of cycling, Glenn and I have finally made it to the official start of the Los Angeles River! Today was our third day, in which we biked from Griffith Park to the junction of Bell Creek and Calabasas Creek in Canoga Park, and it took us through the Valley and out into the streets for a new perspective on the river.LA River Trek Day 3

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    LA River Trek Day 2: Frogtown and Griffith Park

    A surprising thing happened when we woke up in Frogtown this morning: we found ourselves beside a river. Not the river we had followed yesterday, which awed me with its oddity and imagined space, but an honest river, with trees and rapids and ducks. The oddest thing of all was that this was the same space, and the same water, these trees held within the memory of the concrete river below.LA River Trek Day 2

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    LA River Trek Day 1: Long Beach to Elysian

    Route: Long Beach to Elysian Park

    Distance: 32 Miles

    LA River Trek Day 1

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