It was a gorgeous, sunny day.
75F air temp, 77F water temp.
I used my last blog post as a guide for what to expect. This time we brought lunches with us to put in the cooler tubes. River Riders advertises that they have tubes to rent that will carry a cooler to bring lunch and refreshments with you on the river. I emailed them a couple of times asking for the size of the cooler, but they didn't respond. At the River Riders compound, you have to pay for the cooler tube rental, but they didn't have one there to actually SEE how big it was or how many we would need for our small coolers. So for anybody else heading out to River Riders, here's how big the cooler tubes are:
We could have gotten on the water even sooner if I had been on-the-ball about the liability forms. When I handed them our liability forms, they audited the stack and found several where the second page hadn't been initialed, or a birthdate was missing, or the child hadn't signed (even though the adult had signed). Next time, I will make more of an effort to get the liability waivers filled out in advance, and I will audit them to make sure EVERY blank is filled in before I try to turn them in.
Also, I had two people who emailed me they were coming, but I didn't have a phone number for them, so we waited for them to show up. Next time, I'm going to make sure I have a phone number for everybody who signed up, so if someone doesn't show, I can call and find out where they are or if they weren't going to make it.
If I had done those two things above, then we would have gotten on the water another 30 minutes sooner (at 11 instead of 11:30).
Last time we didn't bring food with us, so we were forced to go back to River Riders because we were starving. This time, we brought our lunches, so we could easily have gone back and gone down the river again.
Overall though, it was another fun and relaxing float trip down the Shenandoah River. I hope we get to do this again next summer.