For many years now, we've been going to various clean ups throughout Los Angeles. This past May we went to the Lake Balboa site for the Friends of the Los Angeles annual cleanup. This area is rare in that the LA river has a natural river bottom (most of it is lined with concrete.) I enjoy going for the scenery nearly as much as I want to get things done as there is all sorts of nature growth lining the river. Over the years many friends have come along to help, which I always appreciate and enjoy. There's something about going down there and seeing what trash collects that brings an awareness that other types of experiences can't always capture as well as actually physically just getting the job done.