It was a gorgeous float that was a leisurely hour and a half long. Well, leisurely except for the part at the very end where I hit a rapid, got pulled off my tube and sucked under water and had to swim for dear life to get out of the undertow. Other than that, it was great.
My friend had parked her car at the bottom and I had left my car at the put in spot. She drove me back up to the top where I unlocked my car, hit the unlock button, tossed the key on the seat, shut the door, and went to wash my feet off in the river. But after three years of owning this car, I apparently still can’t figure out which is the “lock” and which is the “unlock” button . . . I had locked my key in the car.
After calling around to a million different tiny towns without tow truck companies, I finally got ahold of one. My friend Steph went back down to the bottom and got everyone to drive back up, and we sat and waited (patiently and happily, as you can see from the picture) for the tow truck. When he finally got there, a random guy tried to get in a fight with him. Awesome. Fight averted, he got my car open. Luckily for me, one of the guys with us is a member of AAA and the tow truck happened to be AAA certified, which = no charge. Yay!
We had so much fun (minus the locked keys part) that we decided to do it again a couple of weeks later. We ignored the weather reports and headed up in some cloudy weather. We were about a half hour into our 1 1/2 hour float when the skies opened up and it started pouring rain. Oh, and did I mention the thunder and lightning? Yeah, there was that too.
So our choices were to keep floating or get out and walk in the rain along the side of the freeway. We opted to stay in the cold water and get pelted by the pouring rain. Now I don’t know how many people know this about me, but I HATE being wet and cold. Thus, the whole float was completely miserable for me. By the end I was seriously not a happy camper.
I guess I will have to go back again next year and try to have an incident free float.
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