July on the Arkansas River


HERE’S A SHOT from yesterday (Saturday, 7-16-2016). It was taken from my kayak during the Arkansas River Coalition’s float from the 71st Street canoe launch in South Wichita to the old “Goat Ranch” near Mulvane, a distance of about 12 miles. The gentleman in the orange shirt in the kayak just ahead of me is Vince Marshall, the ARC’s river guru and historian, who shepherded 13 kayakers and one canoeist along the river, which is still rather high from recent rains. This trip, of course, was research for my forthcoming book, Elevations: A River’s Journey through the Heart of America, under contract with the University Press of Kansas. This was a leisurely float with a group of friendly paddlers (and newly made friends) on a stretch of the river that is pretty tame.


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