The summer girls camp crew from Lawrence hit the Delaware River for a short float on Thursday morning. Despite the forecast for rain, we managed the entire float without a drop of rain. ...Though that didn't stop the girls from getting wet. The swimming hole up Wild Horse Creek was a huge hit.
Hopefully we'll see this crew again next summer. I just hope we don't disappoint them if they don't get the same mud treatment (a foot deep and very sticky) at the boat ramp at the end of their trip. Check the photo gallery for more pics from today.
We've found lots of interesting things on the river -- arrowheads, fossils, bones. But on Sunday we found pure, unabated Joy on the Kaw! Come see for yourself!
Though I will admit it didn't necessarily start with a whole lot of joy. In fact, as we led the girls through about 50 yards of knee-deep mud on our way to the river's edge, I'm pretty sure I heard some new phrases uttered that are not appropriate to be echoed here on the web site. Nonetheless, once we hit the water, got cleaned off and hooked the boats together for what became a multi-hour non-paddling barge, it was all good. Check the photo gallery for more pics from one of our favorite floats of the season!
The Adult Ministries group of Kansas City brought nearly 30 people to the river on Saturday morning. 17 canoes and kayaks, 11 miles of river and plenty of sunscreen (though unfortunately, not quite enough) made for a great afternoon for this group. Be sure to check the pics in the photo gallery!
After near record-high levels on the Kansas River in June, the water finally dropped and just in time for us to carry out our first full moon float of 2010. Comfortable temps in the mid-70s, clear skies and a beautiful full moon shining on the water made for a fantastic start to this unique UAC monthly tradition.
If you missed out this time, check the pics and be sure to sign up for the July full moon float!
Up a Creek has purchased a good number of additional canoes and kayaks over the past year and felt it was time to update our "Fleet" page on the web site to reflect these new beauties. Check out the new sections on recreational kayaks, touring kayaks, and canoes. We have too many boats to list and display each one individually, but you can see one of every style of boat we have in stock. Lots of new vessels available if it's been awhile since you paddled with us. Let us know what you think!
And Joy, we're still in hot pursuit of a pink kayak, I promise. Just haven't yet found the right shade...
Lots of new folks joined us this weekend, including on Memorial Day as we wrapped up the 3-days of paddling. The rain Sunday night nixed our plans of running Jay's route, so we opted for a Perry to Lawrence float instead. We put in the water around 11:45 with roughly 20 people in the fleet.
Nice, easy paddle today. And sunshine? Let's just say more than one of us is sleeping very gingerly tonight and nursing a sunburn -- you all know who you are. Regardless, had a blast on the boats, on the sandbar, and even in the water as we officially started the sandbar jumping (or getting dragged in) part of the UAC season. Thanks, everyone for making this a great weekend. Click here for more photos from Memorial Day.
On Saturday we had a brave crew. Despite what I'm sure was their better judgment, they followed us down the trail at Jay's, trudged through 8-inch deep sticky mud for about 50 yards, and climbed into their canoes and kayaks to make their way down the Kaw.
I'm pretty sure that by the first sandbar they forgot all about the mud. Hope to see you guys back soon. Maybe next time we can paddle with you! Click here for more photos from Saturday.
What do you get when you mix a river, a bachelor party, and a group of pharmacy students? We could tell you, but we all agreed what happens on the river, stays on the river.
Needless to say, these two groups had a great time on the river. And I think the bachelor party canoes only capsized 6 or 8 times by the end of the day.
Can't wait to have both of these groups back on the river with us. Check the photos above for more from this awesome float.
On a day that was likely to bring us rain, wind and dark clouds, we managed to squeeze in our 2010 Fundraiser float at just the right time. The rain started right when we hit the boat ramp at the end of our journey from the Perry Lake spillway down the Delaware and Kansas Rivers.
Thanks to Nikki for helping us put this together, and to everyone who came along and helped us support a good cause. For more information about what the folks at the Health Care Access Clinic do, visit their web site at http://healthcareaccess.org
For photos from this weekend's float, visit the photo gallery.
While we have been on the water already this year, last weekend marked our first official UAC public float of 2010. Steve rang in his birthday on the Kaw with some of his college buddies. Plus Paul and Stephen -- a couple of sociologists currently on assignment at Fort Leavenworth -- joined us for the trip.
Sunny skies and a smooth flowing river made for a perfect Sunday afternoon. Even scored a few morel mushrooms on a river island on the way down. Hopefully we'll see these guys again yet this season. The season's just getting warmed up - stay tuned!