AZ: Salt River Tubing

A relexing picnic on water
If you’re planning to visit Arizona, or somewhere nearby, here’s a recommendation for you: Salt River Tubing. Basically, it’s a picnic, or I would say a small party, on the water. Being in the water definitely makes the day infinitely more enjoyable. Here are elements you definitely need to really enjoy your day tubing: friends, enough snacks, beers, a sunny day, and a positive attitude. In addition to all of the above, of course you also need to rent a tube (or bring your own one), wear some sun block, then, you’re ready to go! All you have to do while tubing is enjoying the floating picnic, with the beautiful scenery along the river, the current will do the rest. After tubing, you might feel a bit of dehydrated, but it is definitely a fun day out. Also you’ll probably come home with a nice tan too. 😉

隨著天氣愈來愈熱,就想起去年六月在AZ相揪去MesaSalt River Tubing的情景,雖然那天真的是曬得慘不忍睹,但樂趣卻也無以附加,於是寫來回顧一下,順便介紹一下這奇妙的水上野餐。

Tubing
Tubing其實跟泛舟大同小異,主要差別在一般泛舟是乘坐6~10人的舟艇,配有划槳,需同心協力前進。而Tubing可選擇個人的tube(橡膠游泳圈),或者是大至可容納十幾二十人的大型充氣墊,順著溪水流,而雙手雙腳就是你的划槳。當初我們是租了個人的tube,我們可以坐或躺在上面,亦可以游泳圈套住身體,兩腳在水中隨意擺動,如水母般。此外,我想Tubing最大的宗旨就是曬太陽和飲酒作樂,不定時也會有一些events,當初我們的主題是marshmallow(棉花糖),因此就可以看見大家可以互相用棉花糖攻擊,之後便可見因吸水腫脹到如饅頭大小的棉花糖四處飄在河邊。

A huge marshmallow!
必備物品
1. 可攜帶自己的tube、泳圈或大型充氣墊,及繩索(連結朋友tube及冷藏箱)
2. 帽子、太陽眼鏡、防曬乳等防曬物品。
3. 泳衣或T-shirt配短褲、舊運動鞋。(不建議夾腳拖,除非你不介意被沖走)
4. 餅乾零食、三明治、啤酒、可樂等,隨心所欲。(但食物須以夾鏈袋封裝,哈哈因為很容易掉到河裡)
5. 足夠的冰塊及冷藏箱。(以防食物臭酸,此外你大概也不想喝到熱熱的啤酒)
6. 換洗衣物、毛巾等。

Don't forget your snacks & beers!

Floating time: 2-4 hrs
整個過程需二到四小時左右,從1號點出發,漂流過程依序經過2號、3號、4(終點),航行時間分別為兩小時、三小時、四小時,可自行選擇結束的地點。當初我們最後停在3號點,因此過程就約莫三小時。

Tubing過程中,會經過充斥仙人掌的平緩河岸、有人瀟灑地騎著馬竄來竄去的森林區,亦有一旁高聳陡峭的山壁。因此,我當時也目睹有不少人搶著爬上去山壁,然後奮力往下一跳的危險動作(請勿模仿)。印象最深刻的部分是,除了可以看到不認識的大家熱情地互擲棉花糖外,喝酒、唱歌、跳舞無不樣樣來,如同一個小型的水上party,酒足飯飽之後,就是大白天的卻一堆人喝得醉醺醺,也算是參與此活動的一大奇特之景。

The floating on Salt River
總而言之,如果你不怕熱、不怕曬,那有機會到
AZ一定要去體驗Tubing看看,水上野餐不僅別有一番風味,亦可見識到純正美式生活的白天版,那也算是不虛此行阿。 😀

Salt River Tubing
US$ 17 (per person or tube)
May~September

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Salt River Tubing

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