As we all know, life can "get in the way" of true happiness. I invite you to follow my posts as I try to reconnect with nature as often as life allows. Then,
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Kansas River Float

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This day float was a Sierra Club event organized by my friend Tim and led by Friends of the Kaw.  On Saturday, September 20th, 2014 we met just outside of Perry and shuttled people to the put-in in Topeka for a 14 mile float down the KAW (Kansas River).

After a brief safety talk we headed out for a beautiful day on the water despite the threat of oncoming storms.  A bit past the halfway point we stopped for a lunch of hot dogs over a campfire built from driftwood.  This was the hottest fire I've seen in a long time!

The water was a tad low, but generally good.  I got hung up a couple of times but did not have to exit my boat to get moving again.  Rather than bringing my normal boat I had brought my son's new one, the Wilderness Systems Tsunami 125.  When I bought him this boat after his successful trip paddling down the Current River the previous month I knew I would be using it as much as him.  While I love my Wilderness Systems Commander 120, I wanted something that I could get a bit more speed out of.  I immediately noticed it was faster than my commander, but also much less stable.  I will have to get used to this fact, but really enjoyed paddling this boat and would highly recommend it!  I am really looking forward to taking it on an extended trip next year!  I hope Colin will let me ;)

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