Driving through Long Beach, I took a short detour into the Naples area where some gondolier friends of mine row.
Taking their passengers out in Alamitos Bay, they cross the water and duck into a neighborhood canal system.
I stepped onto a bridge and a pupparin emerged from beneath.
Gondolier Ignacio Villanueva rows a pupparin.
Next, a friend of mine, John Synco came into view. Rowing in opposite directions, the two gondoliers approached each other.
passing each other, the gondoliers had a short conversation before continuing on.
As John came closer we greeted each other briefly before he passed under the bridge.