Have you ever been inner tubing down a river? Just imagine banding multiple inner tubes together and slowly floating down the river with some great people. You will be floating through crystaline waters shaded by huge trees.
Since this river is quite a jaunt away, we make a full weekend out of it. Car pools will leave Friday and we will come back Sunday. Tubing will be Saturday 8:30AM. We will meet around 7am to carpool down to the Rainbow River to tube for the day. Address posted here is for tubing parking.
Fri & Sat Accommodations:
Park Place Condominiums
First tour the rooms on line, each is different: http://www.parkplaceincedarkey.com/Tour%20our%20Facility.html
Then call [masked] to reserve your room.
We are getting the AAA pricing for the rooms. $81/night for the 2nd floor and $85/night for the 3rd floor lofts. Tri County has reserved pretty much the whole 1st floor. All the rooms have FULL KITCHENS. Mention that you are with the Naples Activity Network and the dates are August 2 and 3.
CEDAR COVE is the secondary option after we sell out Park Place. And between us and Big Dave's group, we will sell it out.
If you wish to camp on your own, look into the state park or county park facilites.
Saturday's tubing activity:
Rent a tube at the park, and slowly meander down river for 2 hours.
This is the STATE park, not the Marion COUNTY park.
Pricing per person:
Pay at the river when you get a tube
$10.60 to rent a tube + transportation back to the parking lot + Taxes
It can get quite hot or quite cold according to which end of you is in the water or exposed to the sun. Bring plenty of sunscreen. Bring food and non-alcoholic drink -- but don't dispose of anything along the way.
Make sure you have a comfortable tube or float with head support if needed and possibly a drink holder for your non-disposable drink container. Renting a large tube is unwise, as you will slip out too easily. A dry bag or box is a great help for food, camera, cell phone and car keys. You can bring a cooler with plenty of liquids but put it in a tube or some kind of float to keep it from tipping over and spilling out into the river. A little rope or cord is handy for tying each other's floats together.
The float starts and ends from the same park location. Nature Quest, Inc rents the tubes and provides shuttle service 2 miles upstream.
When you leave the tubing entry point, you are embarking on about a ~2 hour journey down river. Exit the river and you'll be back at the parking lot or take a shuttle back to repeat the trip.
If you are driving from Cedar Key, it's about a one hour commute.
This is a new tubing experience for most of us, since in the past we would get up at 5am to tube down the Ichnetucknee without any food or water. We will be going with Big Dave's East Coast group. http://www.meetup.com/Tri-CountyAdventures/
We skipped last year, and the year before that we did the longer county side of Rainbow Springs.
See the pics: http://www.meetup.com/Naples-activities/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=2780781