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LLELA great hot or cold!

March 29, 2011 by mike swope

Saturday was great with the Venture Crew, and a great big THANKS to Sabrina for being able to enjoy the near death

EXPERIENCE!!!

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Not from paddling or being on the river…..

from being stuck in a kayak with me!

Yes it’s hard work but someone’s got to do it!

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Can you tell the before and after from these pic’s??

Here’s a hint….

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This is ……during…does that help???

OK so beside us and the adults……. I’m thinking the kids…

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Had some fun too, and yes the water was a little…..brisk!

So you’d like to see more of the fun on film????

Look below !!!!

O’ and by the way, this was LLELA on a warm day…….

 

 

This is LLELA on cold, or what we like to call….Sunday!!

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Boy…what a difference a day makes!!!!

This was exactly 49 degrees and a north wind of about 7mph so it was feeling…..cold at the put in!!!

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This was by far the best critter day we have had in 2011..

The list is crazy, mostly we always see…

Great White Heron

Great Blue Heron  (a really big boy too)

King Fishers

Cardinals

Red Tail Hawks

Turkey Vultures

Wild Ducks

and in addition to the above we also were graced with .

 

Osprey’s  feeding….o so cool…

A coyote  up close and personal….

and the super prize…

The river otter’s…..that right I said otter’s !!!!!!!!!!

They were very shy, and we only got about a 5 sec

glimpse of them but we think we found their condo on the

river so to speak….

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This is really exciting stuff, we heard of them up north, but have always hoped this would be a place for them too.

P3270175Also of note….even very cold water and cold air does NOT keep (the human otter) TC out of the river….

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And rightly so…. the kayak is just ….much much warmer!

 

 

In retrospect, I’d say it was a cool day on the river, but not with the weather, with the sites, the sounds and the fun!

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Next Trip

  April 16th   

rain cold or shine!!!!

Keep Lewisville Beautiful…rides again!

March 25, 2011 by mike swope

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It was, it was, and in fact if was almost perfect….

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And good flow, good friends means a great day on the river

So this was a test run for the big September clean up event

so you’ll see the smiling faces again on the river…..

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So you better mark your calendar for September, in fact..

for questions or comments  go to

info@keeplewisvillebeautiful.org     this is the email….

or check out the website at

www.keeplewisvillebeautiful.org

Cora you missed an outstanding day on the water, but don’t

worry we all pitched in a had a real good time for you!!!

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Did I mention the actual date in September…the 17th??

Anyway check out all the pic’s below and remember were

at LLELA both days this weekend for the Eco tour!!!!

 

Paddle safe, paddle smart, stop dreaming & start paddling!

LLELA Eco Tour Saturday and Sunday!

March 21, 2011 by mike swope

I know I know…we missed our 3rd Saturday last weekend… but the ACA meeting was important too, and to make it up to you…were having two (2)..that’s right…

TWO LLELA trips this weekend!!!!

You know the drill….safety talk from 9-10 am and then

it’s paddles wet at 10:00am!

ACA RRD meeting …..a smashing

March 21, 2011 by mike swope

SUCCESS! 

We had almost 50 people attend the meeting at

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McKinney Falls State Park,

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and by the way….they have a great park! 

Special Thanks to Laurie with the TPW dept. for the shelter and the setup and registration help along with the lunch shuttle, among other things!!!!! (ps I hope we let the site clean enough for you!!!)

We had door prizes for the meeting, thanks to many generous sponsors…….

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And snack from (yummy) cliff bar too!  Thanks!!!

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We preached the ACA to the loyal and got great response

to the call for action and for volunteers too……

Rene, were headed to AR for the festival then your next!!!

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And what meeting would be complete without…FOOD!!

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And thanks to the good people at Austin Canoe and Kayak

They covered us for food at this event, Yeah ACK!!!!!

And during our Lunch and Learn, we had some breakout

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groups on subjects and issues facing the RRD the ACA.

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so we meet, we ate and now what do we do???

We have Canoe Poling, and SUP demo’s, (some one please send me those pics….please please please…)

We also had Canoeing updates……

 

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We also had Sea Kayaking updates……

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And River Kayak updates too!

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First Aid and CPR was scheduled for Sunday and we spoke about having a few people at a meeting in Arkansas in late April and June for Louisiana too, Rene!!!

Enjoy this group water pick and see all the pic’s below too.

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And Lastly and not leastlly (sp), a

Special Special Special

THANK

YOU

 

to Patti

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to Barb

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When you have these two smart and able bodied

ladies working on a project ……

you better hold on, tight….because they GO!

Thank You Both!

 

Thanks to all who attended and we look for you in the near future at the next RRD Meeting!

LLELA Re-Scheduled…and it HERE!!!!

March 18, 2011 by mike swope

THIS SATURDAY AND THIS SUNDAY

Saturday March 26th

&

Saturday March 27th

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* the above is an actual KPC kayaker having so much fun it was just side of legal!!!

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We get there early so see things like this!

 

and do this… too!

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If you pre-registered for this trip, first…THANKS!

second …

were SO looking forward to paddling with you!!!

Call

me

at

214 669 1663

with any questions!

Did you see the Eclipse last Sunday??

March 18, 2011 by mike swope

   

LLELA RE-SCHEDULED

to 3/26 & 3/27

 

 

        Not in the sky ……….at Lake Ray Hubbard

 

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We partnered with Frizz at Eclipse Fitness for some fun

at the club to kick off the 2011 LRH paddling season!

With the iffy weather and the so so temp we were

excited to have some many folks looking for fun!

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in fact we had to get more food for the grill!!!

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We got everyone safely on and off the water too…..

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And we’ll be back in April with a Eclipse fitness kayak

Class on April 3rd and also April 17th as well……

So hope to see you then too!

 

S4 clean lake.. plus fun…duh!

March 15, 2011 by mike swope

We had a blast on the Lake on Saturday  getting trashed

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with our friends new …… and old!

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we got some interesting stuff too, including a oar, from

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some type of rowing craft, gosh I hope next time we can

raise the rest of the boat!!!

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We had several returning trash hounds too,

and boy did they score!!!

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We hoping the water temp goes up with all the sunshine we

have in the forecast for this week, so we can go goof off

more too…..

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And we’ll have another cleanup…just like this on next month too….

  APRIL 9th

same WRL time

same WRL location!

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So remember  not only…

 Don’t mess with Texas!

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Don’t even think about messing with the

KPC Trash Team either!!!

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unless you’d like to see the inside of a bag!!!

_@#%#!&*))T%#@!

 

Weekend fun for everyone!

March 11, 2011 by mike swope

Here the run down……

SATURDAY  3/12/2011

Sat S4 at WRL                9am-11pm    FREE!!!!!

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Intro 2 kayaking @ WRL  9am- 3pm     $125 per paddler

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Sunday        3/13/2011

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Quick Start your Kayak   Lake Ray Hubbard  FREE!!!!!

1pm to 4pm at Eclipse Fitness in Rockwall 972 772 8314

If you’re a KPC or Meetup paddler or a member of this

premier fitness club, your invited!  get some kayak time

in and meet some new friends too! Cold drinks and Hot

dogs, oops I mean gourmet hot dogs are cooking!!!!

 

Irving Cleanup

Also check out the fun we had getting trashed in Irving

Thanks again to KIB and Rick and his crew!

& Big Thanks to REI Dallas too!

http://www.neighborsgo.com/stories/67394

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Stop Dreaming and Start Paddling!

With

KayakPower!

~

Cold weather, but warm hearts..

March 6, 2011 by mike swope

that’s a good description of the volunteers we had for the

Keep

America

Texas

Irving

Beautiful

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Keep in mind the air temp was about 42 and the wind was

blowing about 7-12 with gust to 15 and made the the temp

feel about 22……..YIKES!!!

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And that was just the registration table too!

 

The City of Irving was wonderful to work with,

between KIB and The Irving Park Dept..

we had this awesome entrance to the launch area

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Needless to say we have done cleanups for more than

10 years and this was by far the best setup period!

Thanks Guys & Gals!

 

O, and Thank the volunteers as well…

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and Keep Irving Beautiful

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Check out all our photos below, and join us again in Irving

in the fall of 2011, or join us at White Rock next Sat too!

 

Weekend Update..

March 2, 2011 by mike swope

SAT: 8:30am

Join us at the Great American Cleanup in

Irving Texas, and be a part of the cleanup from land or

From a kayak!

GAC2011

On behalf of Keep America, Keep Texas & Keep Irving

Beautiful!

This free event is at Trinity View Park in Irving

8:30am to 12:00 noon

2221 East Hwy 356 Irving, TX 75060

32.80.80.94   96.90.84.16

We’ll be there with the kayaks, gear & equipment to clean!

Get your Volunteer Spirit in gear for 2011

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Sun 10:00am

Join us at Rockledge Park for the kickoff 2011

 

Introduction 2 kayaking

at Lake Grapevine Texas

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If you’ve had our class before, your welcome to return

anytime, and help keep those paddling skills sharp!

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Still just $125 per person all inclusive with

NO Fuel surcharge added !!

space is limited and online registration

is required, please!

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