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ADVENTURE TALE: Car Keys + Empty Bottle + River= Floating Fiasco – Part 1
To make this experience, combine above ingredients with a hole in your rivertube and read on!
Place: Delaware River National Recreation Area, Shawnee, PA
Location: Smithfield Beach Recreation Area
Distance from Passaic, NJ: Approx 1 hr, 10 min.
Report by: SAR
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True Story – What could go wrong?
Our tube (an Intex RiverRat – own a tube for ½ the price of renting one once) – inflated with some effort in our nearby air conditioned hotel room at the Budget Inn & Suites in nearby East Stroudsburg (highly recommended for the money).
So what if the second tube had a hole big enough to put my pinky through hidden on bottom while I cooled the whole room with enough expelled carbon dioxide to inflate an elephant, all-the-while wondering why it was taking so long – but I digress.
Our first river tube (an Intex RiverRat) had inflated up right up and appeared safe and sound, and with some balancing, is big enough for 2 adults, so we took that to use.
But what to do with the car key?
Locking it in the car would leave us without means to get back in the car, so in kicks the creative brain: “What floats that could hold the key that we could bring along?”
Coke bottle? Too narrow… Tums container? Good size, but where to put 500 Antacid pills… Empty VitaminWater bottle? Perfect size and it should float, so…
We squeezed the key in through the neck with a bit of effort, sealed with the cap, popped it into my bathing suit pocket and voila – a waterproof, floating key container! What we should have done at that point was tie it to the tube for extra security, but why would we lose it anyways? (famous last words…)
Continuing with your article...
We entered the water at the boat ramp where two Asian fisherman eyed us and our iffy craft with some healthy, ill-concealed skepticism. Maybe that should have worried us, but we’re more intrepid than that.
The water was great, but the tube was bubbling away – so much for its integrity after a 11 months stored outside our shed – luckily the air leak didn’t seem to be too big, so we decided to brave it until the boat landing area about 500’ away.
Car key bottle still in pocket, “waterproof” Sonim phone clipped firmly in the waist of my bathing suit, I decided to jump out of the tube and continue our journey in the cool (but surprisingly fast-moving,) river waters for a swim.
Fighting the current and pulling the tube and passenger along back to shore proved more effort than I anticipated, and the water was actually deep – over my head and I didn’t feel the bottom until quite close to shore. The water temperature was awesome though, so I didn’t mind the cool with the exertion of fighting the current.
Remembering a rule from my camp days, & overall great river tip:
ALWAYS fight the current on an angle towards your goal – never straight on as it takes much more energy to gain ground against the current, and will sweep you past your goal when going with the current
I made it to where my feet met the rocky ground and slowly pushed/pulled my way to shore. It took a surprising amount of strength because we had passed the landing by about 100′, but we made it.
Dumping the nearly deflated rivertube on the riverbank, I plopped down for a breath, and instinctively reached for my VitaminWater Bottle/car-key holder –
Our car keys were GONE!
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New Jersey residents, the Rowner family of nine loves to find great appropriate places to explore.
Among their other escapades, they’ve spent 28 days with an RV camper attached to their car through nine states with no plans (!), and acquired varying degrees of insanity and two turtles to show for it.
Recently featured in Mishpacha Magazine, they enjoy their noisy household, making great adventures and sharing their takeaways and stories with thousands of readers and followers on their website, GreatFrumTrips.com, and KosherVacationCentral.com the world’s largest online Jewish travelers resources.
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