As the rain continues to fall, it becomes apparent that not all of our Kayaking trips will be sunny with a high of 70-degrees. Our latest trip took us to the big town of Oxford, Kansas. Located south of Wichita, right off of the Kansas turnpike. The town offers a great drop location at Cave Park, alongside the Arkansas River (Ark River). After dropping our kayaks at Cave Park and taking the secondary vehicle approx. eight miles down the road to 202 Rd, we slowly began to realize that the weather might not be in our favor this evening.
Once we hit the Ark, all our problems and the weather seemed to disappear. We enjoyed a great three-hour paddle down the sixth largest river in the U.S. The trip offered a few spots of low flow, but nothing that couldn’t be maneuvered by kayak, and no real hauling had to be done. Paddling with the current made it more difficult to pick up trash along the side; however we did manage to grab several very random articles. In our combined efforts, we scraped up: Two duck decoys, one Air Jordan basketball, a five-gallon oil container and the typical bottles and cans. The duck decoys now reside in our office as decorations.