Hey, guys! Hope you all had a great weekend 🙂
Mine was relaxing. I managed to fit in a lot of walking miles, and I even headed out on my first run in 40 days! I promised myself to take a break, and it felt good to get back out there. I will talk more about that later when I do a recap post! Right now, I want to share my Sunday river tubing adventure. Oh, and I cannot wait to do it again. Kyle laughed at me because I said I wanted to do it every day of my life. I wasn’t kidding…talk about therapeutic. This activity will definitely be added to my Charlotte list!
Becca and I decided to meet up around noon to get ready for our excursion. We could have gone earlier, but let’s be real. We both like our morning time with coffee.
Last week, Becca and I were trying to plan something fun for the weekend. We talked about going to the beach, or hanging at the pool, but then remembered seeing people tube down the river and how fun it looked. We immediately bought this double tube on Amazon with paddles and planned the entire day. A double tube was a must because I did not want to break away and be stranded without her. The tube was actually pretty cheap too and so durable. We didn’t have to worry about it being a cheap tube that would pop just by hitting a rock. Here is the link for the River Run 2 if you’re interested! Purchasing the add-on oars is a must if you’re going to go down a river! It was the best $5 investment we’ve ever made.
Of course, no one would believe we actually floated down the river if we didn’t have photo proof, so we purchased a waterproof camera case for my old cell phone. I figured if anything happened to it, it wouldn’t be that big of a deal! The case worked so well and there wasn’t a drop of water on the phone! The cases are $59 at Target, but I found the same one on Amazon for $22!
Sunscreen is also a must! Even if you want to get color, you still need sunscreen! Being under the sun for almost four hours is so dangerous, especially during the peak hours. I applied 50 on my body over and over again and still got color. We also brought waterproof bags to keep our keys and other little items in.
I brought my pink and purple cooler bag to put in the middle of the tube. The bag fit perfectly! You can get the same bag for $12. I bought mine at Marshalls, but I saw it on Amazon as well. We filled it up with snacks, ice, energy drinks, sparkling water, smart water, champagne, and more!
In the back of the tube, there was a compartment for clothes, books, or anything else you wanted to stay dry. I could literally live in this tube. Obsessed.
There are several places you can start. We dropped Becca’s car off at the Riverwalk and decided to start at the Fort Mill access. That’s about a 3 1/2 mile ride, which equals almost four hours (depending on the current.) We went on a very calm day, so I’m excited to do it when it’s a bit windier!
This was my first time tubing down the Catawba! Becca has kayaked it before, so I felt a bit more comfortable knowing she was familiar with the river.
And just like that…we were off!
If you’re wondering how I look tan with wearing as much sunscreen as I do, it’s because I use Jergens Body Glow + Firming Cream! It helps with cellulite, scars, and all those lovely jiggle spots. It gradually adds tan daily. I’m pretty obsessed with it. It’s not one of those self tanners that turns your fingers and toes orange.
Becca and I cracked up the whole time because our faces were ghostly with all the sunscreen we had on!
I had about five sparkling waters in the first two hours of our ride. I bounced between Cherry Lime La Croix and Berry Dasani!
And then we popped open a bottle of champagne. Lamarca Prosecco is amazing…
It was so fun when we went through choppy spots!
Some of you were asking about this top on one of my blog posts from Hawaii. I bought this at Victoria Secret and it comes in all kinds of different colors! It’s the Cage Front High-Neck Crop!
Sometimes you’d be going towards a giant rock or drifting to the side, so the oars were a must! I felt so sorry for the people who didn’t have them. Sometimes we’d even be on the still water, so we were going nowhere. At one point, we were in the same spot for twenty minutes and didn’t realize it until we noticed how far ahead some of the people were that passed us and we were next to the same bridge the entire time. We died laughing!
I also found these cute little cluster bohemian bracelets at Target:)
We packed Planters Nutrition honey nut protein clusters with us for energy!
This was exactly what we needed. There was nothing more relaxing than floating down the river, disconnected from our phones, no one around to bother us, lots of girl talk, and being surrounded by nature. I’ve been going through a tough time lately with some things, and my stress levels have been out the door. This made me realize that it’s the small things in life that are important and that I have to take care of myself first. I consider this therapy.
Layering more sunscreen!
Xyience is my favorite energy drink. It’s all natural and filled with vitamins! I always drink this on road trips when I don’t want to settle for gas station coffee. I already can’t wait to grab one after my workout tonight.
SUNSCREEN ROUND THREE.
Little duckies and blueberries! I’m so obsessed with the Little Duck Organic Gummies. They are always at the Target checkout. I get them everytime Becca and I go, so she surprised me with my own bag. It’s the small things that excite me. I know that they are probably for little kids, but they are filled with probiotics, vitamins and made with real fruit, so it’s a win in my books!
Once you get to the first bridge, you have about 45 minutes left.
It’s a lot of fun going under the bridges!
I wanted to go again…
I think Becca and I are going to try to float down around 4:30 pm sometime so we can catch the sunset. The sun falls right onto the Catawba River at sunset and it’s absolutely breathtaking.
Here is a photo of the sun setting on the Catawba River. I took this last year!
Once we got out of the water at the Riverwalk, we deflated the tube, and headed back to the Fort Mill Access! This was such a fun and inexpensive activity to do, and I honestly can’t wait to go again and again. I can’t believe it took me this long to do it!
We headed to Baxter Village for a post-float coffee! We were ZONKED from the water.
This was one of the best days ever, and I can’t wait for more adventures!
Questions for you!
- Would you ever float down the river?
- Does nature help you when you’re feeling stressed?
- What is your favorite excursion to do with your best friends?
PS there are affiliate links in my post!