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Follow upacreekbiz on Twitter Located in the Lawrence, Perry/Lecompton and Topeka area, Up a Creek is dedicated to providing you with memorable water outings. Whether it’s an afternoon or all day float or an overnight campout on a sandbar, when you paddle with Up a Creek “If you have a bad time, It’s your own fault!”

Testing the Waters

Posted by craig on Sat, 03/22/2008 - 7:19am

Thursday's float down the Deleware turned out to be alot of firsts for many that came along. Marcus, Shannon's dad, had his first float with us and in a kayak to boot...ya looked very at home, Marcus! The Jordan and Tabuas families joined us from Lawrence for the first time...Willie took to kayaking as he tested both his skills and his parents nerves as he navigated around half submereged trees while they watched from their canoe. There were firsts for Tucker, Emma, Logann and Andrew who all kayaked the entire trip as well...good job kiddos...ohhh excuse me young adults! Jeannie and Jen did a great job of canoeing themselves and the kids down the Delware even with the wind working against them.

And yes...firsts for Shannon and myself as we tested the new playboats on the Delaware to see how they felt on an extended run of 4+ miles. I can assure you that I'll be moving back into a touring kayak for the extended trips. As much as I love the new playboats...there wasn't alot of play involved!

If Thursdays test run proved anything... it's going to be a fantastic year on the river!!! Be sure to check out the photos here.

We hope to see you all soon!


The Last Run of 2007

Posted by admin on Tue, 01/01/2008 - 10:01pm

On Monday the 31st Shannon and I thought that we would head out for one more float. With temps at 35 degrees and a brisk wind from the North we headed South down the Delaware. It was a beautiful day to be out on the water...with neoprene, stocking caps and coffee of course. We must have seen 25 eagles, mostly younger birds and a lot of sand cranes. In one grouping we counted 36 in flight.

We floated out on to the Kaw and stopped at the sand bar where we camped earlier this year. Quite a difference with snow on the bar. Shannon took a moment to write a message in the snow...I'm sure that the birds soaring over head appreciated his efforts. Enjoy the pics,  and Happy New Year to you all!

Click here for the photos!

Christmas with Up a Creek

Posted by admin on Thu, 12/27/2007 - 12:29pm

While Uncle Ron is still working on hand-crafting his wet suit out of hefty bags, rubber gloves and duct tape, the rest of the Up a Creek staff decided to take on the Perry Lake spillway on the Delaware River the day after Christmas... in 25 degree weather... while snowing. What better way to celebrate the holidays, right? Fortunately, we brought along a camera man (thanks, Dad) to film the event... and also hoist us out of the water when things went wrong. Click the photo below to see the video. Oh, and be sure to watch all the way to the end. It's worth it.

See you all in the Spring!

UAC update: 36 degrees and we're still at it

Posted by admin on Sat, 12/08/2007 - 9:55pm

It's been awhile since our web site was updated, but that's not to say that Up a Creek has stagnated in these autumn months. While we're not currently scheduling any group floats, that hasn't kept us off the river. Just because most of our summer crowd had enough sense to end the river season before you could see your breath outside, don't assume you can project that common sense onto Up a Creek!

Since our end-of-the-year campout, Craig and Shannon have made a few kayak-only floats from Perry to Lawrence, in addition to one trip from Topeka to Perry with Kassie and Bob (by the way Kassie, I'm now completely hooked on those wasabi beans you brought along). And as the weather has begun to feel less like Autumn and more like Winter, we have had to make some adjustments to our former river routines. For example, shorts and t-shirts have been replaced by wet suits, the kayaks are properly skirted to keep the wind and water out, and the mini-coolers of beer have been replaced with a thermos of coffee. (okay, there is still the occasional beer). Most importantly, we are far more vigilant about staying upright than we were in our 95-degree days of July.

One thing we have noticed is that we're seeing much more wildlife at this time of year. Lots of beavers, gulls, more fly-by visits from our bald eagle friends, and even an aquatic squirrel (don't ask; it's a long story). Let's see, what else is new? Craig and Uncle Ron waited until Black Friday when all the holiday sales were in full force, braved the throngs of people at Dick's Sporting Goods, and both walked out with new kayaks (not that Ron's has seen the water yet). Oh, and one final piece of UAC trivia for those who joined us for the overnight campout on the sandbar. You remember that storm that kicked up 60-mph winds that evening and the raft that blew away? Well, guess what we found on the riverbank halfway to Lawrence?

It's seen better days, but we're pretty sure that's "the one that got away". I guess that's all for now. Craig and I will be playing hookey from work on Friday to test our kayaks in rougher waters at the foot of the Bowerstock dam in Lawrence. So, if you hear sirens wailing in that general area sometime late Friday morning, that's probably not a good sign. There's lots more to say, but it will have to wait for another day. In the meantime, we're itching for next season and hope you are too. Until then, if you have a bad time... it's your own fault!

Check out photos from the post-season here.

Up a Creek - Back Stage

Posted by admin on Thu, 10/11/2007 - 9:54am

For those who want an insider's view to what happens at Up a Creek during the canoeing off-season, view below:



October Sweater Run

Uncle Ron, The Puppy and Shannon want to thank everyone for all of the fun that we had together in this 2007 season. What a year! 15 scheduled events and 11 of them canoe floats, a lot of great times and tons of fun in the sun! Thanks! Well it’s time for our last scheduled float of the season, our “October Sweater Run”.

Pirates on the Kaw...Arrrggghh Matey!!!

Posted by admin on Sun, 09/02/2007 - 8:35am

Kids Rule II turned into a Pirates Treasure Run down the Kaw! Mother Nature gave us a 88 degree day with full sunshine...an absolutely beautiful day to be on the Kaw searching for 3 different treasure loots! With 15 kids and 8 parents and one dog in tow, we began our day of seeking bounty and fun.

So check out the photos if Ye Dare....Arrrgghh! Once again another great day with Up a Creek on the Kaw!

Just In...Some Like it Hot! Sizzles!!!

Posted by admin on Sun, 08/19/2007 - 3:08pm

What do you get when you throw 10 bachelors, 12 heat seeking canoist and 3 guides into canoes and kayaks on the Kaw...One sizzling hot canoe float!!! Check out Up a Creeks latest adventure in the 2007 Photo Album "Some Like it Hot!"

Up a Creekpalooza!

Up a Creek would like to remind you of one thing…When Uncle Ron gets to thinking, Beware! It is Uncle Ron’s thinking that started this crazy wild ride we all call Up a Creek. But without going into the subconscious rationale of the sleepless nights that generate these random adventures that we all enjoy…let’s just say that Uncle Ron has come up with another thought.

Afternoon Delight

Do any of you have a special time in your day that is more meaningful than any other? You know, the time of day when things are just right for a little “Afternoon Delight”. Well that same rule applies to your friendly Kaw lovin guides at Up a Creek. So come along on another adventure and share your special time with us by floating down the Kaw for a little afternoon delight.

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