Of ALL the times for my usually dependable GoPro cam to quietly crap out, it would have to be on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity (or at least once a year if this www.paddlethelariver.org program is deemed successful) to kayak a roughly two-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River between Balboa Boulevard and the Sepulveda Dam.

So instead of a timelapse capturing the whole amazing experience, all I’ve got is these first 130 frames that were snapped at the very beginning in the slow-moving waters west of our launch point under the Balboa Boulevard overpass as everyone in our group got acclimated to our boats. It’s better than nothing, but knowing what the dead camera missed and how I might not be able to capture it again, I can’t help but be bummed out and hopeful that the program is allowed to continue next year — because I’ll certainly do it again.