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Video: 100 Mules Trekking 240 Miles To Los Angeles
Keep your eyes peeled for a mule train that might be passing through your town.
A 100-mule procession is walking 240 miles to commemorate the 100th birthday of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, and the animal power that helped build it.
Titled "100 Mules Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct," the project is courtesy of artist Lauren Bon, granddaughter of the late publishing magnate and philanthropist Walter Annenberg, the LA Times reports.
On Friday, the mules set out from the eastern Sierra, starting at the aqueduct's main diversion dam, about 10 miles north of Independence. An estimated 100 onlookers saw the mule train off, including officials from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, which granted permission for the mule train to walk alongside the aqueduct system.
The procession is expected to hit Lone Pine today, where Kathleen New, president of the local Chamber of Commerce, told the LA Times. "I'm not excited about seeing mules—I've seen millions of mules around here. Maybe it'll attract more attention when it gets down to the Los Angeles area," she said.
Mules might be an everyday sight in Lone Pine, but not in L.A., unless you're talking about a petting zoo or "Juan Valdez" bringing his mule to a red carpet.
The mules are scheduled to arrive at their final destination, the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Griffith Park, on Nov. 11.
An onlooker shot the video below. There's also a nice (but non-embeddable) background video over at the LA Times site. And, of course, we couldn't forget the classic song, "Mule Train."