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

Posted by shannon on Mon, 08/17/2009 - 10:50pm

Katy and the crew from Lawrence Therapy Works joined UAC for a lazy Saturday on the river last weekend. Mother Nature tried to scare us off with rain as we hucked canoes and kayaks down the hill to the get-in at Jay's, but we pushed through and paddled through the rain for an hour or so.

 The weather improved and so did the afternoon -- just got better and better. And for those of you who were around for our 2007 Therapy Works float -- at least this time we didn't kick off the afternoon by sinking a Jeep and two trucks up to their doors in the mud. Check out the pics from this float, and paddle on!

Howling at the Moon!

Posted by shannon on Sat, 08/08/2009 - 9:09pm

On Friday night Up a Creek held it's second float under a full moon with a whopping 26 boats and 33 people on the water. What started as just a half dozen people in kayaks planning to paddle the Kaw on Friday night ballooned into 5 times that number in the past several days. Everyone was on the water by 8:30pm, right on schedule, and as the sun set behind us the glow sticks were cracked and the head lamps switched on.

Two sandbar breaks later we were rounding the confluence where the Delaware River meets the Kaw when we were greeted with some mortar rounds exploding into an array of colors overhead. Puppy, who couldn't join us for the float, hiked in to a sandbar with a backpack of fireworks, lit off the mortars and started a campfire - not a bad homecoming as we rounded out the last leg of the float.

Be sure to check out the photos from last night in the gallery.

Kansas River Inventory

Posted by shannon on Wed, 08/05/2009 - 11:53pm

As part of my sabbatical from my employer this summer I have committed to paddling the Kansas River in its entirety -- 170 miles from Junction City to KCK -- and photograph and document each stretch in detail. I currently have 50 miles left to cover, but thought I would go ahead and post some images from the journey thus far.


Craig has paddled the majority of this adventure with me, including 3 days of paddling / camping at the onset.  We averaged 40 mile days coupled with exhausted nights.  Beautiful sandbars, rolling hills in the Kanza Prairie, and roaring campfires made for a more than enjoyable time on the water.


And some of our best friends and family joined us for an evening celebration at La Tropicana in North Lawrence after returning from the opening stretch from Junction City to Topeka. Many thanks to everyone who supported us in this endeavor. And Bear, we'll make sure you're along to float this stretch next time. 

Click on any of the photos above to see more from this trip. And more will no doubt follow after I knock out the last 50 miles.

River Rats - a new UAC record!

Posted by shannon on Sun, 08/02/2009 - 11:43pm

Two years ago the guys from Standard Tire hosted a bachelor party on the Kaw with Up a Creek. After that experience we thought no other float could be quite that rowdy. Last weekend the Standard Tire guys, along with some of the crew from Ace Steering came back and proved us wrong.

Who would have thought you could actually stretch a 6.5 mile float into 8+ hours of river?!? How do you do this, you ask? You strap half a dozen canoes together for one massive party barge, and you stop at every single shred of sand on the river for a sandbar break! Come back again, guys, and we'll see if we can set another mile-to-hour record!

Sibling Rivalry

Posted by shannon on Fri, 07/31/2009 - 11:37pm

Joanie contacted UAC a month ago asking for help in getting all of her siblings together for a little adventure. After the name "Sibling Rivalry" was adopted, we thought it best to put these people on the water without us! ...Actually, schedules just didn't mesh perfectly so they floated the Delaware and Kaw without any UAC accompaniment, but we did send them along with the camera so we have digital proof that they didn't kill each other on the water!

And what float would be complete without the post-paddle martinis at Uncle Ron's place? This group was not about to be an exception to that rule. Can't wait until they all come back for another round!

Washburn U meets UAC

Posted by shannon on Wed, 07/29/2009 - 11:32pm

The Outdoor Activities class at Washburn University was looking for a group activity to close out their summer semester when they stumbled across Up a Creek and of course, had to look no further. And while we did immensely enjoy paddling with the Washburn folks, I have to say they did push the limits of UAC's morning routine -- 7:30am start time? Seriously?

Nonetheless, we all had a great time, despite the lost paddle and broken skeg!

AAFP Float

Posted by shannon on Sat, 07/25/2009 - 11:27pm

A couple of my coworkers from AAFP joined Up a Creek on July 25th for a lazy Saturday float down the Delaware and Kansas Rivers. While the kids were anxious for a sandbar (of which there are none on the Delaware), the adults took their time, stretching out the day.

Eventually, we hit the Kansas River and found one of the only sandbars that wasn't soaked through with the recent rainfall. It served as our lunch area and a good swimming hole for the little ones.

Too wet to camp...

Posted by shannon on Mon, 07/13/2009 - 12:28am

UAC's sandbar campout was scheduled for July 11, but recent rains have turned our reliable sandbars into mudbars, which are not very camp-friendly. So the campout was canceled, but the float continued. We put in at Rising Sun at 11:30am and floated to Riverfront Park in Lawrence. Fortunately, the sandbars proved to be a bonus for some of the kids who came along. Check the photos for examples of this.

First full moon float

Posted by shannon on Thu, 07/09/2009 - 12:27am

Up a Creek held it's first full moon float this month, and the turnout was great! From 9pm to 1:30am we floated the Delaware River, then on to the Kaw for a brief sandbar break complete with fireworks, then off to Rising Sun boat ramp where we called it a night. No doubt, this will be a repeat event.

Sunset at Clinton Lake

Posted by shannon on Wed, 07/01/2009 - 12:25am

On July 1, Craig and I were planning a small evening session on the lake. Word got to Bear, then Aurora. By sunset, we had a small crew of paddlers that joined us for a few hours on Clinton Lake on a beautiful clear evening.

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