Inner Tubing Season Has Begun So…

It’s time to take those inner tubes out for a great float on the Rogue River.  For those of you who know nothing about inner tubing, here are a few pointers.  You have more control in an inner tube than you might think you do.  To achieve best balance, sit down in the water with your legs pointed in a line over the side.  Make sure your tube is large enough so your arms don’t scrape when pulling.  To go left, point your feet to the right, and pull to the left.  To go right, point your feet to the left, and pull to the right.  When making a directional move, try to line up your feet so they point in a line, and not at an angle.  When pulling, make sure your arms are a few inches under water to achieve maximum strength on your pull.  If you wish to slow down, pull upstream.  You can also combine the directional moves with a spin move to dodge obstacles faster.  Whenever you hit a wave, always hit it directly, and never broadside.  Also with certain waves you might want to hold on, especially at Horseshoe Falls, to avoid tipping over.  Remember that a tube can take only a certain size wave.  Beyond that size, you will be flipped over!  Always watch out for strainers, which are the most dangerous obstacles on the river!  Unless compelled to do so, stay away from the banks as tree branches are likely to be present.

With caution and practice of basic strokes, you should have a fun time on the river.  Of course, there are people like my sister Nancy, who throw caution to the winds.  My sister sometimes sat in one large tube with her friend Martha Brooks, and floated the rapids that way!

P.S.  Remember to wear life jackets at all times, and respect other boaters and fishermen.  Happy floating!

About Robert M. Weiss
From an early age, I've taken great pleasure in reading. Also, I learned to play my 78 player when I was quite young, and enjoyed listening to musicals and classical music. I remember sitting on the floor, and following the text and pictures of record readers, which were popular in the 1940s and 50s. My favorites were the Bozo and Disney albums. I also enjoyed watching the slow spinning of 16s as they spun out tales of adventure. I have always been attracted by rivers, and I love to sit on a boulder with my feet in the water, gazing into the mysteries of swirling currents. I especially like inner tubing on the Rogue River in Southern Oregon. Since my early youth, I've been interested in collecting minerals, which have taught me about the wonderful possibilities in colors and forms. Sometimes I try to imagine what the ancient Greeks must have felt when they began to discover physical laws in nature. I also remember that I had a special passion for numbers, and used to construct them out of stones. After teaching Russian for several years, I became a writer, interviewer, editor, and translator. I continue to delight in form, and am a problem solver at heart.

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