Month: October 2011 | Kayak Power




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Stop Dreaming……….Start Paddling
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Private Lesson gets a treat..

October 31, 2011 by mike swope

So there we are doing a little kayaking in a very busy location off I30 and Lake Ray Hubbard………..


Desirie was doing so good, in fact she was a natural, but while we were yaking… we spotted some wildlife, in fact we spotted a lot!  A great Blue Herron, a white Herron, two feeding Ospreys, and … a River Otter! 


Yes a otter, and guess what..this time we have bad photo’s and video’s too, hey those little guys are very hard to shoot, their never still!


LRH River (lake?) Otter

And What makes it interesting.. this is the location where they all were spotted….


That’s right in the middle of an urban setting of a major interstate highway and a very popular park, wow!

Anyway We had fun and look for Desirie, and her family at the next KPC event…hint she’ll be looking for wildlife too!



And just for the record, turn “right” is droit….

and turn “left” is gauche, did I get that right Desirie??

Je suis impatient de kayak de nouveau avec vous aussi!


NEXT INTRO CLASS 11/5/11 Tyler State Park

Just a cool video…

October 21, 2011 by mike swope

Whale of a kayak story….

Click the link above for this really interesting Yahoo/Grind TV story I think you like it, but please don’t try it!!!


Thanks Bubba for the link too!


to everyone who helped at the White Rock Boat Club on the last work day too in particular thanks to Robert, Jim, Ralph, Kalynn, Kathy, Robin, Grace, Jennifer, Andree, and all those that helped the kayak area become more complete, and useable to the kayakers at the club.

With a Special Thanks to the Kosmos Spoetzl !!!


You can see from the 1968 photo we made a lot of changes and improvements to the club, including the kayak area of which we have space for your boat too!


And new finger piers, new inside bathrooms and improved entry way with added security too!

Interested in becoming a member??  just give us a shout!

Special LLELA Rescheduled River Trip Saturday Oct 29th

10am paddles wet special day and special price $ 40 per paddler, That’s $10 buck off the regular price!!!

RSVP required, please contact us at 214 669 1663 or

via email at   THANKS!!!

the EVO 3D experiment is….

October 17, 2011 by mike swope

Thankfully over… it seems the 3D was not widely accepted.  (ya think???)


                Not 3 D                                                         3 D

(Can you tell a difference in the 3d image???)

So sad but…… the phone switch will happen today so

If you need KayakPower….…PLEASE




until the EVO 4G returns on returns on……………….

Wednesday  October 19th 2011  sometime after 3pm.

Up coming events ….



Sat October 22nd KPC Texas State Fair Day…

Padding the Lagoon at the Natural History Museum?

Sun October 30th  REI Employees LLELA Paddle


Sat November 5th BSA 425 Tyler State Park

Sun November 6th Intro2Kayaking Tyler State Park

Sat November 12th S4 WRL ++ (stay tuned!)

Tuesday November 15th REI FREE Clinic Dallas REI

Friday November 18th LLELA Campout + Paddle

Sat November 19th LLELA  River Trip

And Coming soon….



Sup with KPC

including lessons, trips, races, and more!

No phone / New phone……+ LLELA & Sun I2K Class ….this weekend

October 14, 2011 by mike swope

NO worries…. (just voicemail)

or Know phone – Know worries, ?????

anyway guess what I got??    A replacement evo……

but it seems the water shrunk the phone down a little….

it also made it…..3D too, so those goofy water pictures..

NOW coming to you in 3D ………….get ready…


(Hold this photo about 100 feet away after dark to see the actual 3D image)

So if you’d like to be shot in 3D at LLELA this Saturday

Still just $ 50 per person or we’ll shuttle your kayak for $35

Paddles wet at 10 am and remember LBJ Construction too!


or you can join us at the Intro 2 Kayaking Class…


This Sunday at Grapevine Lake at Rockledge Park 9:am

and that’s still just $ 125 per person all inclusive fun!

So either way you can paddle with KPC this weekend!

and you can CALL for DETAILS TOO!!!  Smile


Complete details of both events online at …

or call

214 669 1663




              Updated cert class photo coming soon!

KPC Phone

October 12, 2011 by mike swope


the 214 669 1663 number

is currently down..

something to do with the

Brazos River and the

2nd Seal Line dry bag




Anyway the phone got a little moist during the class, so

if you think your me or Marvin just follow these simple steps


1. Get the phone out of river water. Immediately.
2. Pull the battery out. (If you don’t have access to the battery, power the phone down as fast as you can.)
3. Wipe off as much mud water as you can. Both inside and out. Q-Tips and cotton balls and a high pressure washer can be helpful here.
4. Leave the phone open, battery out, so as much of the phone as possible is accessible to the air. A good lack on the hood of your truck…unless it rains and gets the phone wet…again!!
5. Put the phone to dry, near a fan, air-conditioning, heater (not on the heater you don’t want to do more damage to your muddy and wet phone.) And leave it there.
5(a.) Some people prefer to use a desiccating agent. I use uncooked rice. Those little packets that come with your shoes or in medicine bottles work too. If you like to go that route, put your phone in a container with the agent. Then leave it there.
6. Seriously. Leave it there.(while you call Sprint yet again with the it got wet in the river excuse) I know it is painful and you want to see if your phone works. But I fried my iPhone by turning it on 8 hours after I put it away to dry out. That isn’t enough time. The phone needs to have time to completely dry out. So wait.
7. After at least 3-4 days put your phone back together, hold your breath and turn it on.
8. If it works, congratulations. If it doesn’t work, I’m sorry, you lost the water-damaged cell phone lottery. If it works but then all of a sudden you hear a fzzt sound, you won and then you lost, because your phone wasn’t dry and you fried it by turning it on too soon.

Note the at least 3-4 days. I left my Evo for 4 days. If you can leave it longer, leave it longer. Especially a phone like the iPhone which cannot be opened.

What if you dropped your phone in another liquid?

It is better to drop your phone in pure water. Of course, it is better not to drop your phone in water at all, such is life.

The steps are very similar to those above:

1. Get it out of the liquid.
2. Pull out the battery (or turn it off if you can’t access the battery)
3. Wipe it down and clear out as much liquid as you can.
4. Rinse it in pure water.  Yes, that’s right, rinse it. You can’t hurt it any more than you already have. This is just a quick rinse.
5. Consider putting it in an alcohol bath, preferably 95%  alcohol. The alcohol can help remove any microscopic items that might be in the phone. Alcohol can also help dry out the phone. Don’t leave it in the bath very long. Just a brief bathing.
6. Wipe it down, get out as much liquid as you can.
7. Put it aside and leave it for at least 3-4 days to dry out.
7(a.) You can use a desiccating agent as above.
8. Put it back together, turn it on and see if it works.
9. Jump around happily or start cursing.

and please follow these tips should you phone get wet too!

Please use this email until I call you!!!  PLEASE & THANKS!


Meanwhile…back at the farm……

October 12, 2011 by mike swope

Or should I say..ranch, or really…ranchette…

That was right on the river, the Brazos river….


We did our ACA L3RK IDWICE and the L3RKSR too

did you get all those letters OK???………………

You can bet the ACA is the American Canoe Association

the Level is 3 and the RK is River Kayak…just think….



With both ground and water work,

things like vector pulls…

Way Cool Mike….




And Z drags too..


Thanks Russell!


And who could pass up un pins?????



We also hit the strokes hard…very hard…..


and got some river time for live water work too…..





But the best part…..we had rain too and still got to paddle!


and just a side note….you better pay attention to this guy..


He’s forgotten more about kayak than your total knowledge

of it…REALLY!   THANKS MIKE!!!!!!!!!!!!


Want to see all the photos??  scroll down your in luck…




Coming Soon Bad Videos!

Dry Cleanup only

October 7, 2011 by mike swope

Sorry for the short notice, most of us are in the H town

training class so we will NOT be there to host the kayak for

the cleanup, so… this will be a dry land ONLY cleanup.

If your a volunteer with your own kayak we still welcome

you to the clean and and also hope you join us in

November when we will be back with the fleet to clean!

Thanks again!





Hats girls rip it up…AGAIN!!!

October 3, 2011 by mike swope


That’s Lauren on Broken Bone showing it…who’s the boss!

and of course we had the Dad’s show some of them also…


This is Dave …dancing through Cottonseed……..

We had NO rain this weekend so great weather and

semi good water levels for lots of boney rapid runs!


So…….if this is your brain………………..


Then……..this is your brain on KayakPower!


Or this could be the what are the 40 differences between

these 2 pictures???  Just a thought.


_A017774  Time with Dad…



Time with the daughter




And fun times for both!


interested in having the time of your life with your daughter?

Contact High Adventure Treks or Hats to find out more…..

And checkout all our pictures too!


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