Thursday, August 30, 2007

I totally shat the tube.

Or should it be I shot the tube? Either way, I'm thinking of William "The Shat" Shatner.

Whatever the case, I joined up with Mike and Kristen and Georgia and a whole barrage of brave souls to shoot the tube last night. Essentially, it includes running up a big corrugated pipe housing a pretty good flow of river water for about 200 yards, blocking off the top of it with boards and plywood and a tarp for as long as you can, then turning off your headlamp and being pushed by the onslaught of water real hard, along with all of your buddies, all the way down to the rocks. You end up forming some loosely-arranged train ... and it's better than any waterslide and/or roller coaster out there, combined. By the time you get to the end, you've got so much momentum behind you, there's no real way to stop ... not unless you count the rocks or other people in front of you that break your fall. I made it out of there with a skinned knee, but it was totally worth the adrenaline rush that came with it.

tube run #5 of 5

right before hitting the end, hence the combined looks of fear on our faces
(pay no attention to that odd man's white thighs ... scary!)

surprised and happy that nobody died at the end

escaping the cold, cold water

the obligatory group shot, with accompanying graffiti

we learned it was clothing optional a little too late

We'll be shooting again next Wednesday evening. It may just have to become a mid-week tradition for as long as the weather holds out. Come join us ... but only if you dare!

15 comments:

tim & brandi said...

Looks like it'd hurt your bum.
~b

cropstar5 said...

oh my. that looks like so much fun. just the other night i was watching Goonies and when the part where they're sliding down the slides in the cave came on i suddenly had the desire to go to a water park. looks like you've found an even more exciting rush!

ewesa said...

corrugated bum burn!

Amanda said...

HOLY FUNNESS! Where might one find such an adventure?

Dainon said...

No pain in the bum. None whatsoever. And nobody complained of bum pain.

Where, you say? Somewhere under the I-215 in Salt Lick City. You can see cars on the freeway on our descent into joy. It's really kind of magical.

erinannie said...

How do you know that water is safe? Because I'm all for it, except for the parasite threat.

Dainon said...

Because no diapered babies with diaherrea shoot the tube. And none of my friends had the poops, either. There. Living on the edge, baby.

aisy said...

ohhh, sounds fun. i want in, 'cept my mum's in town next wed.

plainoldsarah said...

ha! i've heard of such things, but thought they only happened back in the day. i even had a member of my fhe committee (back when i was in charge) suggest we do it for fhe. i think we decided it was closed off or illegal or something prohibitive like that. cool to hear the adventure lives on - pain free.

Bawdy said...

We did something like that in St. George once...I don't think it was quite that intense though!! It's looks like a riot!!
BTW...is the aggie with the naked kid Stew??

Dainon said...

Maybe? I met him that night. Names don't stick with me so good.

Trude said...

always wondered what people who didn't live near the ocean did for fun ..

bestsariah said...

I think I'm a stalker. I knew you did that before I even read the blog about it. Creepy.

Jefe said...

We used to cut class and do this all the time when we were in high school.

Sherpa said...

This sounds so cool..