This weekend was the first leg of our 170-mile journey down the Kaw River. It was looking pretty grim when we woke up at 6 on Sunday morning for the official start of our multi-weekend, Picky Bars-sponsored, epic voyage. The skies were unleashing a flood, bolts of lightning lit the city and the streets were flash-flooding. We could either suck it up, load our kayak, and get on the river, or we could cower under our blankets in fear. Looking at the forecast for the rest of the morning, we decided on the later. There were several other paddlers signed up to join us and only one of them was likely to show up in the middle of a thunderstorm. Since one of the main objectives of our Kaw River paddle was to get people outside and share the wonders of Kansas wilderness, it seemed pretty pointless to scare them all away before it even began. So I quickly posted an update that we would reconvene at 12 and resume with our plan.
Despite the morning thunderstorms and extreme heat lately, Kansas gave us unusually perfect weather for an afternoon paddle and almost everyone showed up. We had a total of 22 miles to cover along the river. Five people joined in on the adventure. With cool temperatures, overcast skies, and lots of company, our paddle was fast and easy.
After about 4 hours on the river, we made it back to the Fairmont boat ramp in Manhattan. I was pretty amazed by how easy the day had been, despite having 22 miles of river to tackle.
Next week begins the overnight sections! Things are about to get tougher, but I think we got it! Another thanks to Picky Bars for helping out our adventure with the #Lifepoints Adventure Grant.