Here in Arizona we have a few summer time traditions. Besides using the phrase “It’s a dry heat” and having to pull out cactus thorns, many hit up the Salt River. There is a service that can hook you up with tube rentals, drop off and pick up from designated spots. It’s pretty legit. Just enjoy the day and float down the river with a hundred of your now closest friends.
But while that service takes care of the basics, you need to take care of the rest. Our very own Kate frequents the Salt and finds all the goodies left behind. She takes care of those. Kate believes strongly in preserving our outdoors, as do we all here at Bass Pro Shops. So take heed to Kate’s notes to save yourself any problems and help keep the land clean at the same time.
Here is what she picks up most:
1. Sunglasses: You start out with them and take a tumble. Bazinga, they are gone! I bet there are some pretty stylish looking fish in that river.
2. Driver’s license: Putting it in a plastic bag does not work, she finds them all over. Look into something a little heavier duty, like an electronics pouch. Kate also noted that “You must take it with you in case you drown so they know who you are.”
3. Shoes: She will find flip flops, sandals and very high priced sneakers, by the hundreds. Why she only finds one of each is something she cannot figure out. Make sure you have proper footwear.
4. Keys: Yeah, sure. Put them in a pocket of your swim suit or jeans, that’ll work! Oops. Whammy. They gone! Good luck fighting the current and other tubers to get back upstream to find them.
5. Cell phones: Why? Do you really need one while tubing? Kate finds them all the time. Twitter can wait! Side note, cell phone service will not improve with river slime… Gross.
6. Towels: Ah, you brought a towel to keep your skin from melting onto the tube, very clever. Oh, it got caught on a rock and snagged away. Lame. Make sure you have that thing firmly set as a big old beach towel can really muck up the ecosystem.
7. Money: Just like your ID, a plastic baggie will not work. But then again, Kate doesn’t mind finding this as long as it isn’t completely ruined.
8. Jewelry: Rings are lost due to the fact that the water is cold and they slip off your fingers. Anybody with a metal detector should head down to the river.
As Kate says, “figure out what you really need and what you really don’t.” Invest in a nice floating eye retainer for your glasses and water proof pouch for your ID and money. It’ll make everyone happier! See-sawing on sidewinders! Yee Haw!