Friday, May 30, 2014

We Conquered The Choctawhatchee River!

As soon as I heard we were moving to Fort Rucker, summertime tubing was the FIRST thing that came to my mind. Yep, even before family. I've spent a lot of time with family since high school, but my life has been lacking in tubing time. Those of you that have been...back me up...it really IS one of the best pastimes on Earth. Am I right or am I right?

Originally, I thought we'd have to go all the way to Blackwater River or Marianna, but the boys are AWESOME and found the Choctawhatchee River runs right by us. They are so good that they planned rides to and from, scouted the river, Will called the Game Warden to assure us we weren't going to be eaten by gators, and we got REAL tubes from an 18 wheeler dealer. All I had to do was mention that I wanted to go, and the next thing I knew...


It was the first time we outnumbered the boys, and only one of us cried the whole day! I'm going to plead the fifth on who was the one to cry...it happens. I will say that no one saw said tears, and I, I mean 'she' was bleeding at the time. You would be right to assume that alcohol was involved, and dingdingding, I'm NOT pregnant!


While we sipped our beverages and took lots of #selfies, the boys bungee corded our convoy together. It was toolegittoquit with eight tubes, a floating couch to hold our dry stuff, and three coolers full of booze. We were livin' large on our redneck barge.





We all agreed that the best part of the whole day was the rope swing we came across, and it basically appeared out of nowhere like a gift from the man upstairs. Sure, we could have died in the shallow water, but it would have been soooo worth it.






I know, Will's backflip was more exciting, but he was Captain of our barge and had to show us all how it was done. Captain, Oh My Captain...lead us to more fun.








After four hours, we came to a bridge that wasn't the best stopping point, but we all knew that it was time to call it a day. We had another six miles to the next bridge, and six more miles floating lazily down the river would have taken far too long. We called our ride, hoped he could find us, and found ways to kill time. Will and I happened to take a 'walk' in the woods, which is where I got most of my bug bites, but it was so worth it. I'll never forget that 'walk', although I'll leave that part out when I tell this story to the grandkids. Either way, we came back in perfect timing to catch our ride and call it a day.


Technically, we all came home with massive bumps, bruises, bug bites, and hangovers, but there were no ER visits, zero lost phones-keys-wallets, and our ride managed to find us in the middle of nowhere with beer to spare, so I call it a win. Let's just say, we all agree that we will wait a bit before going again. Our livers and bodies in general need a break.


25 comments:

Jenn said...

Looks like you all had an absolute BLAST! And you managed to take some pics without crying so thats good too :)

Meredith said...

the amount of fun in this post should be illegal! i would have totally snagged that camo lounge chair to float on and the fact that someone managed to tote along a full size coach bag takes tubing to a whole different level!

P!nky said...

Looks like an insane amount of fun! Glad you enjoyed it and I love your hat!!!

xoxo

J and A said...

What a blast!! I wish we had somewhere like that around here! Looks like I am going to have to come visit. ;)

Mandie said...

That looks like SO much fun! I've never been tubing before & there are plenty of places around here to do it...I should put it on my summer to-do list. :)

Jen said...

How fun!!! I love all the pictures.

Kenzie Smith said...

That seriously sounds like SO MUCH FUN! Glad no ER trips were made :D I love all the fun pictures!

Nicole Pastika said...

I from Alabama and grew up tubing on rivers/creeks all over the state! It looks like yall had fun and did it right! :) I think it's impossible to come home without a few bumps and bruises.

Kristine said...

Ugh it won't be floating weather around here for another month! I'm so jealous!

Nicole said...

Sounds like fun! I've never been floating like that, just canoeing which is similar, right?

Cece said...

Lazily floating down a river sounds like so much fun!!! Having fun can be really exhausting.

Pamela said...

So much fun!

Jamie @ You Gotta Have Hart said...

This looks like such an epic time! I haven't been tubing on Blackwater in two years and I'd love to go and take the Fiance. He's never been and I'd love to see his reaction. Maybe sometime soon!

Brittany said...

So. Much. Fun. Looks like you guys had a great time!

♥ ♥ Just a Girl in Love w/ a Soldier ♥ ♥ said...

It looks and sounds like you all had so much fun!! Tubing is one of my favorite things to do although I haven't been in forever, now I have the itch to go. Looks like you have made a great group of friends already!!! :)

Cassie @ Live.Laugh.L0ve. said...

It looks like y'all had so much fun!!! I seriously need to put this on my bucket list! Love all the pictures!

Jessah @ Dreaming of Dimples said...

Ha, ha. What a fun trip! Looks like y'all had a blast.

Susan said...

Looks like SO MUCH FUN! I am thinking I need to plan a tubing trip for the summer now. :)

Kelly said...

This sounds like an amazing trip!

xx Kelly
Sparkles and Shoes

Megan said...

Looks like so much fun! I can't wait to have a free weekend to shoot the Hooch here in Atlanta.

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

I love tubing!! I haven't been since I was a teenager though. Good times! Glad you guys had fun and that you all survived, haha!

Emily said...

Tubing with friends looks like so much fun! Love your hat too!

Kathy @ Vodka and Soda said...

oooo! i love weekends like that! looks like you guys has such a great time :)

-kathy
Vodka and Soda

Ashleigh said...

It looks like you all had so much fun...I may be a tad bit jealous!

Courtney B said...

You guys have SO much fun together!! I'm so glad you're soakin' it up!

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