Texas is another country...

Texas is another country...I have driven into Texas from all four directions and can affirm that after crossing that imaginary state line you just know you are in Texas . The world becomes wide open space, the sky feels higher, you can stretch out and rest a spell.

Monday, July 29, 2013


Row row row your boat gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream…

It’s not a boat, it’s an inner tube and you don’t have to row it, you just let the river carry you slowly downstream.  That’s the wonderful thing about innertubing, you don’t have to do anything.  If only we could approach the rest of life that way.  Taking it easy, enjoying the beauty of the water, the sun or the shade of the trees, the green of the grass along the banks.  Really experiencing the perfect moment. 

Innertubing was always one of the best memories I had for any given summer, and I think it should be an Olympic sport.  The winners would be judged on who enjoyed it the most.  In fact, I think that would be a good way to judge all sports and all accomplishments in life – who had the most fun.

One great thing about Texas rivers is that they are not only lazy, they’re manageable, and I know a couple of them that are perfect for innertubing.  You can stand up in the middle of the San Marcos River, which makes it a great river for innertubing.  The Pedernales (pronounced Purdnaliss for those of you not from Texas) is another.  The water is cool – not cold and, except during storms, flows calmly.  And if you want to stop for a while, you just get yourself to the edge of the river and grab a branch.  The current isn’t strong enough to make it difficult to hold on.

The San Marcos Lion’s Club rents inner tubes pretty cheaply for the whole day, and some days, you can have a lot of company.  
Can you find me?
You can get a tube with a bottom in it if you don’t want your bum in the water.  But what’s the fun of that?   If you bring your own inner tube (car tire inner tube or the plastic kind from the supermarket) then your idyllic afternoon is free.  And you don’t have to limit yourself to any particular river or any part of a river where there are rentals.

In San Marcos, the innertubing sport ends with a short waterfall.  Some people cascade over that (about 5 feet), but it’s rocky.  

You can climb out of your inner tube and walk down over the rocks into a pool of water and swim around.  There’s a bus that takes you back to the parking lot near the Lion’s Club rental office, but only if you rented from them.  The drawback to using your own inner tube is that you’ll have to hoof it back to your car in your bare feet.

In Egyptian mythology there is a winged goddess named Ma’at.  When a person dies, their heart is put on one side of a scale and one of Ma’at’s feathers is placed on the other.  Only those whose hearts are as light as that feather can proceed to paradise.   So, get some friends together, go innertubing, and lighten your heart.

Photos courtesy of: http://www.tubesanmarcos.com/

11:36am Jul 29
Liza Stein said...It's been a long time since I went tubing!!! My youngest bought his dog a life jacket so he could tube also, but the friend he was with's dog didn't like the river and busted the tubes. End of the day for them.

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