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Headed Downtown? Try Kayaking Buffalo Bayou

As Buffalo Bayou prepares to host its annual regatta, Houston Matters host Craig Cohen and Capella Tucker try their hand at kayaking from Memorial Park to downtown.

Capella Tucker kayaks down Buffalo Bayou toward downtown Houston in 2014.

The 46th annual Buffalo Bayou Partnership Regatta takes place this Saturday, March 10. Kayakers and canoers will race down a 15-mile course along the Bayou. In the audio below, Trudi Smith from the Partnership shares some advice on how to prepare for the event and register if you're so inclined.

Then, who knew you could kayak down Buffalo Bayou right up to downtown? We did, that’s who. Back in 2014, Houston Matters host Craig Cohen donned a life jacket with Capella Tucker to traverse the length of the bayou from Memorial Park up to the city center, courtesy of Bayou City Adventures.

In the audio below, you can relive their (thankfully) not-so-harrowing journey.