Hello Paddlers! Even though winter still has its icy grip on the Kaw it won't last long! In less than 60 days we will be on our favorite river, floating the day away, a favorite beverage in hand as the sun warms and tans our bodies. We have updated our calendar, so check out the dates (this includes our full moon floats) and send us a shout if you want to get signed up for a float!
Our Jay’s day float had a pretty unusual start for a UAC float. The high temp for the day was 80 degrees and a 50 year old paddler showing up in sponge bob square underwear (being worn on a dare). Once we got through those 2 initial shockers we were on our way to another fine day of floating on the Kaw. We even meet and made some new paddling friends on the way down the river!
When UAC set up and named our floats in early January we could have not named this float any more true to its name Thunder Moon. With a 54% chance of storms for the night Uncle Ron and I pushed ahead and decided to paddle. We are so glad that we did! The evening started with rain and thunder announcing its self to us as we pushed off from Jay’s. 2 miles into the float the rain started to let up and the sky began to brighten up to the northwest. From that point on Mother Nature gave us one heck of a show for our not giving up on her. A sunset that lightened up the sky to an array of soft hues to brilliant colors and a full moon that slipped through the clouds and beamed down on us and our campfire. A truly humbling experience! So UAC sends out a huge thank you to some very adventurous paddlers and Mother Nature for letting us participate in another spectacular full moon float! Puppy
We’ve all heard of the story of “The Tortoise and The Hare” and how the slow and easy wins against the fast furious. The White Out float this weekend could have been a fable called “The Tortoise and The Tortoise!” There were two groups out on the White Out float this weekend. The Shultz and The Cessna’s. Both groups with the same number of paddlers, canoes tied together with bungee cords and adequate “hydration” set off on this epic tale of a 6.5 mile float and only time on their hands. Which party would be the last to cross the finish line at a time of 8 hrs 54 min’s…The Cessna’s! The Shultz gave it a fine try at 6 hrs and 45 min’s but it wasn’t enough for the methodical molasses’s floating style of the Cessna’s. UAC congratulates both for a true “Float” down Mother Kaw and hopes to see them both back soon!!! Puppy
At UAC we love our groupies! The Lied production staff from KU returned for their 4th annual float trip! Erika (we miss you!!!) the float organizer for this group of miscreants turned over the proverbial torch to Andy this year. Andy and Bruce the Land Shark did a decent job of organizing and getting this band of students down the river. I even got back on the water this year for their annual excursion. So glad I didn’t miss a great day, group and paddle on Mother Kaw! See ya next year!!!
Mother Nature canceled the first Whiskey Run Float in June with an impressive 18000 cfs flow rate but these paddlers came back with a vengeance in July to show her that they weren’t going to be denied again. All the UAC has to say is what a day, group and float!!!
July 4th was such an easy pleasy day to be on the water. Satish brought out a group of paddlers that put the word “float” to the test. They really took there time on Mother Kaw recording the longest float yet of the season yet just over 8 hours. Great job Satish, looking forward to seeing you back soon!