If you have a bad time... it's your own fault
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Camping on the Kaw

Posted by Kayoda on Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:09am
Paddler’s. You know how much UAC loves being on the Kaw and this weekend was another reminder as to why we are smitten by her beautiful and giving ways. Saturday started out with the great flow rate, sunny skies and fall colors beginning to show their colors on the banks. Saturday evening was awesome with a stunning sunset, warm fire, family, friends and a delicious dinner. Sunday morning…Sunday morning was stunning. We woke up to a heavy dew and thick fog lifting off the river. As the sun began to rise colors and tones exploded in sky and shimmered on the water. Dazzling and exquisite nature unveiled itself to us in show that reminded me of a cinematographic story that I would see at a Banff festival. As I stood at the bank of the river mesmerized by the incredible show that played in front of me I was humbled by the beauty that only comes from nature and feeling very fortunate that we had decided to put ourselves at that place and at that time. After a hardy breakfast we pushed off from our campsite and we were greeted yet again by sunny skies, great water flow, eagles, hawks, cranes, sand pipers, white pelicans, hundreds of crows, a crisp air on our faces, old majestic trees on the banks and a warmth in our hearts. 
 

 

UAC Paddler Appreciation Day

Posted by Kayoda on Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:06am
If there was common theme for UAC's 2014 paddler appreciation float it would have been...No Worries! It started with the bus breaking down in the parking lot. No worries, we had a few late paddlers any way and it gave everyone time to go get a few more provisions at the grocery and liquor store for the day as we waited on the other bus to show. Two storm fronts that rocked though the area. No worries! The first was east of us and the second west of us. It typically UAC fashion it all worked out in the end. Sunshine, great floating, awesome beaches, happy paddlers and plenty of reeses smores to go around the campfire!
 

 

Red Moon “Super Moon” Float

Posted by Kayoda on Sun, 08/17/2014 - 12:08am
As the UAC staff and I were washing kayaks at the carwash at 11:30 pm after the Red Moon float, 2 questions keep coming to my mind. The first, where did all of this mud come from?!?!? I was on the float. With the river levels so low there was way more sand than mud?! The second, what person in their right mind would be washing kayaks at 11:30 pm at night?! Flash forward to this morning as I was going through the pictures from the float and I began to remember why we do moon light floats; happy paddlers, lots of smiles, floating and chatting about life, a colorful sunset, a campfire on the sand bar, hotdogs cooking on a stick, smores (which we ran out of quickly, sorry paddlers, next year more Reeses), music, campfire chatter and yes that awesome, awesome super moon that rose up off the eastern skyline and into a starry sky! 
Here’s to another spectacular moon light float on the Kaw! 
Puppy
 
 

 

Naughty Pirate Float

Posted by Kayoda on Sun, 08/17/2014 - 12:05am
We had quite a turn out for our 2104 Naughty Pirate Float. 28 paddlers showed up in some sort of pirate regalia for a day of paddling, games and mischievous behavior! We ended up short one pirate by the end of the float, Pat “The Powder Monkey”. It seems that our motley crew of paddlers got a little rough with Pat while he/she was being tied up to the stake for our last game of the day and Pat just couldn’t stay inflated. 
Arrrgh!!!!! All and all another victorious day of pirating on the Kaw!
Puppy
 

 

School Daze

Posted by Kayoda on Sun, 08/17/2014 - 12:01am
From “Dazed” to “Dazzled”! What a great day to be on Mother Kaw. We had first time floaters, the 2012 UAC groupie joined us for the first time this year, a brother and sister showed up to float and didn’t realize that the either were going to be there, we had floaters from out of state and out of the country, fantastic weather, great clouds, nice breeze and the river flow rate came up from 1840 cfs to 5300 cfs (an awesome flow rate!). Thanks to all that joined and that made it a great day!
Puppy
 

 

Thunder Moon Float

Posted by Kayoda on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:25pm
Mother nature finally gave in and gave UAC the right ingredients for a great full moon float. Manageable CFS rates, clear skies and a spectacular moon. Our addition of smore's over a campfire was just the right touch for a great night with some great paddlers! 

Puppy
  

 

Pawsh Wash Takes The Kaw

Posted by Kayoda on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:22pm

Late last Fall Amber (owner of Pawsh Wash www.pawshwash.net ) bid on and won a UAC gift certificate for a float trip on Mother Kaw at the Lawrence Humane Shelter Benefit Auction. Last weekend she brought a crew of 18 motley pawsh wash washers to the Kaw for an adventure of paddling, floating, mud fights, fishing and hot dog roasting. It was a great day to be out with such a fun group. We hope to see them all back soon! 

Puppy

 

 

Lied The Way

Posted by Kayoda on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:20pm
UAC doesn't do alot of weekday floats but for the Lied Production crew we just have to say yes! Lied is on their 5th year of paddling with UAC. Great weather, awesome flow rate and happy happy paddlers = another spectacular float! See ya next year gang! 
Puppy
  

Whiskey Run II

Posted by Kayoda on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:11pm
Names can be deceiving sometimes. Although this float was called a whiskey float there wasn't a drop of the brown liquid along for the day. 
What did happen that day was a fine flow rate, lots of sandbars, plenty of fossils, some tasty hotdogs, our first paddle boarder and a great group of UAC groupies out for a blissful day on Mother Kaw.
  

 

Fun in the Sun

Posted by Kayoda on Thu, 06/05/2014 - 10:49pm
Did you ever look up in the sky and see beautiful puffy clouds just floating by at their leisure...one, after one, after another? Fun in the Sun was one of those floats! So we took suit and followed Nature's queue and we just floated right underneath them all day long. Great Day, great paddlers, great flow rate, great weather and great clouds!
 
Puppy