Walk across the street and turn right on this path. I came here with Ayden and Domino on DAY 12 but parked one street down and hiked to the left. Today's goal was to hike the dry riverbed toward Johnson where I wound up on DAY 14 with Ayden. If you recall, he rode his bike along the barranca and many shots from that day were used to make my NOVEMBER 2010 VIDEO.
Before we could venture out into the river, we came upon this place. It looked interesting so we hiked up it.
We followed the drainage system to a sewage waterfall!
Thru a small tunnel
At the end of the narrow pathway, the never ending tunnel began. We walked pretty far into it but without a flashlight, it would have been foolish to continue. I'm not going to win any father of the year awards for taking my kids to this place but when you think about it, there's a good chance that they'll hang out here with their friends when they're teenagers. At least I'll know where these places are and what there all about. Honestly, it's no big deal.
We turned back to daylight and then climbed up a ladder and climbed a fence to walk along a gravel road. We hopped fences and crossed streets and train tracks until we finally made it back to the riverbed. We walked to the right as planned and then made our way to the middle to watch the river flow:
Santa Clara River
We only stayed in the riverbed for ten minutes or so. We saw an exit and walked up the hill. There was a gazebo and linear park at the corner of Salt Water and Rio Grande (my next parking spot to complete the river walk to Johnson). The walkways went all different directions and even crossed a bridge. However, rather than walk along these linear parks, we hiked back along a gravel walkway just above the river. About a quarter mile later, we noticed a park to the left beyond the trees, so we...
...hopped the fence and played hide=n-go-seek tag in the park. This park is on the corner of Rio Grande and North Bank. After 30 minutes of play, it was a two minute walk back to the car. Perfect!