Salt River Tubing: The Sequel

The Aug. 18 Salt River Tubing trip was so successful that I have been asked to organize a sequel before the summer is over. The river closes to tubers at the end of September so we have got to start thinking about doing this soon - especially since we may have to reschedule it if it looks as though thunderstorms are in the forecast. For now, let's plan for Sunday, Sept. 8.

If you attended the last event, we would love to have your company again. If you missed out, this is your chance to not only have the most fun that you will have had all summer but also spend "4 hours just floatin' on a tube" with some of ScottsdaleMeetup.com's awesome members. And you tend to really get to know people on an intimate level when you are surrounded by nothing but water and soggy marshmallows.

Just as last time, we'll meet up at 9 a.m. at the Salt River Tubing and Recreation Center in Mesa. Last time, I received a lot of flack for listing an address that Google and other GPS/Maps services randomly lead to one of two different locations; one correct and the other out in the middle of nowhere. So this time, please refer to the driving directions on the center's official website (http://www.saltrivertubing.com/get-there/). And plan your departure time for a few minutes earlier just in case you get lost.

If you are running late or cannot find us, please call me at 623.455.6412. Please also note that cell reception in the area is spotty so if I do not answer, keep trying or try texting. Once we are all there, we will rent our tubes and board a shuttle to our launch point where we will then allow the river to take us on a relaxing journey through some spectacular scenery. You are free to exit the river at the first exit point but I would be willing to bet that you will be having so much fun that you will want to ride the rest of the river.

As I said earlier, let's plan for Sunday, Sept. 8. We can, of course, push the event to a different Sunday if, in approaching this weekend, it looks as though thunderstorms will prevail. Please also post a comment if you want to attend this event but cannot do so this weekend just in case we need to reschedule. Again, we had a blast last time so let's try to raise the bar a bit and wave goodbye to summer in style - with as many ScottsdaleMeetup.com members as possible!

We'll also cap off the fun with a late lunch/happy hour at Cadillac Ranch at Tempe Marketplace for anyone/everyone who is interested in having a discussion about the inevitable antics after the main event. Happy hour starts at 3 p.m. so we'll aim for that. Having said this, you may want to bring some dry clothes to change into. Of course, you are not obligated to attend but we would love to have you!

Here is some more helpful information:

• The cost per person, which includes tube rental and all-day shuttle service, is $17. Please note that a valid drivers licence is a required deposit for every five tubes rented. Alternatively, if you have your own tube, shuttle service is $14 per person.

• Please bring an old bed sheet to cover your tube, rope to tie our tubes together and wear a hat (or "Survivor" buff, if you have one), sunglasses and water shoes (your flip-flops may get lost). Of course, if you do not want to fry like a fish, please remember to also bring plenty of sunscreen.

• If anyone has an extra tube and a cooler - or, better yet, a floating cooler (not Styrofoam) - please bring it so that we can put any snacks, beverages, etc. in it. Please note that glass containers are prohibited by law so only plan on bringing plastic or can containers instead.

Please also post any questions or comments below and stay tuned for any potential modifications to our plans or additional details about this event. I am genuinely looking forward to enjoying this event for the second time this summer, enjoying the company of our awesome ScottsdaleMeetup.com members and hopefully making a few new friends as well! Again, if you need to get a hold of me for any reason, my cell number is 623.455.6412.


Join or login to comment.

  • Joseph J. A.

    The Event Organizer for this deserves a new title: Event Disorganizer. Fortunately for him, the attendees stepped up to the plate and filled in the gaps. A very special thanks to Jen for her generosity in allowing the group to utilize her rafts and for preparing delicious Jell-O shots (that, tragically, remained mostly unconsumed). Thanks also to Danny, Mike and Jason for basically acting as the group's work-horses and essentially towing the rafts - against the current - back to the beach in the pouring rain. And, finally, despite pretty much botching the mission by leaving two keys in one car, thanks to Kayla and Will for driving cross-country to get parking passes and hauling the group to and from the different points. Scary hitchhikers, completely surpassing speed limits, conversations about eating dead babies, emotional man periods, contact-lens crises and road-raging shuttle drivers aside, this event was pretty spectacular. Not bad for a day that could have easily not happened.

    1 · September 8, 2013

    • Danny Jun L.

      New title denied. You are a good organizer and this cool group has all the cool people. Don't be eating dead baby, and men shouldn't have period, and if it's a sunny day, things will be much more better. Thanks everyone who joined in the party.

      2 · September 8, 2013

    • Joseph J. A.

      I second one of your comments, Danny: A BIG thank you to everyone who came out today and made the best of it. It may have rained on our parade, but we still tooted our horns and banged on our drums! Can't say that about anyone except those true adventurers who showed up to the Salt River today! :-)

      1 · September 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lol not because it wasn't a bad idea but the rain sucked! I'm going next weekend if its not raining. :)

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • Peter

    On my way but still 10 min out

    September 8, 2013

  • Danny Jun L.

    I'm the only one at the parking lot so far, come on guys ;)) lol

    September 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm at QT - are you @ SRTR

      September 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Coming now

      September 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    On my way...

    September 8, 2013

  • Joseph J. A.

    I am heading out now. We will have some rain but let's hope for the best that it is not too bad. Hopefully it will just be an adventure. If it is too much of an adventure, we'll come up with a Plan B as to not spoil our fun. I do not have mobile internet so this is my last update on here before the event. If you need me, please call or text - 623.455.6412. See you at 9 a.m. at SRTR, 9200 N. Bush Hwy.

    September 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    FYI - this is what I have for the rafts (2 open spots on the raft):

    Raft #1:
    Me
    Danny
    Kayla
    Brett

    Raft #2:
    Joseph
    Kendall
    Peter
    Open
    Open

    September 7, 2013

    • Abrar R.

      Ok I'll take two , me plus one , Thanks pls confirm in the morning

      September 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm so excited I can't sleep. Lol...For raft 2:
      Joseph
      Kendall
      Peter
      Jason (may not make it)
      Abrar +1 (if Jason doesn't make it.)

      I haven't seen how big the raft is its still in the box you may be able to get an add'l person on it. I know I got 5 on mine. I apologize I passed out before I could update it.

      September 8, 2013

  • Joseph J. A.

    * It may rain a little - particularly at 10 a.m. - but we should be OK and this only adds to the adventure.

    * Meet me at Salt River Tubing Recreation (7200 N. Usery Pass Road, Fort McDowell) at 9 a.m. I will be wearing a green shirt, brown shorts and orange "Survivor" head buff.

    * We will rent our tubes ($17) and purchase shuttle passes ($14) at 9:30 a.m.

    * Those who wish to park at Points 1 or 4 and carpool between the two are welcome to do so but please at least stop by SRTR to let me know your plans. (You may start to make arrangements on here.)

    * Please also note that if you plan on parking at either Point instead of SRTR, you will need to purchase a Tonto Parking Pass ($6), available at most gas stations.

    * We hope to set sail at 10:30 a.m.

    * Please bring a change of clothes if you want to join the group for a late lunch/happy hour at Cadillac Ranch at Tempe Marketplace after the event.

    * Call or text me [masked]) with any questions.

    September 7, 2013

    • Peter

      haha, yes it should Joseph! For anyone coming from the west it's literally east on the 202, then get off at power (which turns into bush hwy) and head north, the recreation center is then off bush hwy after a few miles.

      September 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It's really not that hard. I'm only stopping at Ellsworth and university because I always stop there on my way to the river from there it's a straight drive to SRTR. :) Real simple. I'll be @ the QT, look for a blue mustang (will only be there long enough to grab ice, extra snacks and my Tonto pass). Joseph, the person who was going to park one of the cars @ point 4 is no longer going so when we get to the bottom I'll need a ride back to my car @ point 1. :) Can't wait! I made 125 Jell-O shots =)

      September 7, 2013

  • Joseph J. A.

    Use this thread to post what you plan on bringing! I'll bring rope (someone please bring more). I'll also bring a few snacks (ie. Scrabble Jr. Cheez-Its and anything except walnut brownies). More later...

    September 3, 2013

    • Joseph J. A.

      You are my new favorite person, Peter. I'm so glad that you and I will be on the same raft. Why in the world did I opt for the boring old non-walnut brownie lovers group last time? I should have stuck with you and the other cool peeps who actually have good taste. ;)

      1 · September 6, 2013

    • Joseph J. A.

      Well then, Kayla, I'll have to make sure that you are properly introduced to the soggy marshmallows this time. I just have to figure out how to perfect my aim so they don't just go flying over your head again. Lousy arm. And you, Peter and I will have a private walnut brownie party. Only people with good taste in sweets are invited! ;)

      September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I posted a photo of the raft I'm bringing. I can bring the second if there are enough people that want to use it.

    1 · September 5, 2013

    • Abrar R.

      Just went through the entire thread , guess we're outta luck , we'll rent like last time

      September 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yeah sorry.

      September 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not gonna be able to make it. Its my friends bday and kick off of the NFL season

    September 5, 2013

    • Joseph J. A.

      Bummer Darrel. We'll miss you - but we appreciate you updating your RSVP. Everyone, please update your RSVP if you can no longer make it! We don't want to leave anyone behind (nor do we want to be waiting for anyone who is actually not going to show up).

      September 5, 2013

  • Danny Jun L.

    I will bring some beer and 2 water guns. If someone has water guns please bring more. We need to make sure if Joseph is not going to jump off the cliff this time, we will be using the water guns to punish him. LOL.

    September 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Water balloons?

      September 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      j/k not a good idea w/ wildlife.

      September 5, 2013

  • Peter

    Is anyone starting from or coming past Arcadia who wants to car pool?

    September 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      [masked]

      September 5, 2013

    • Peter

      Cool. Thanks Jen. I'll give you a call before Sunday to make arrangements.

      1 · September 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've got an inflatable cooler, shown in the lower left corner of the picture below. I'll have room for a few people's drinks and I'll bring a ton of water/gatorade.

    3 · September 5, 2013

  • Joseph J. A.

    I just remembered. Last time, Danny promised that he would wear a bikini if we did it again. Kayla, Kendall and Julio can all back me up on this. I wonder... is Danny a man of his word?

    Challenge accepted?

    September 5, 2013

  • Danny Jun L.

    Does anyone interest in having a later lunch after the event?

    1 · September 3, 2013

    • Julio

      I'm interested in lunch after the event.

      September 5, 2013

    • Joseph J. A.

      Don't forget to RSVP, Julio! And the lunch is on!

      1 · September 5, 2013

  • Nicole

    I've been wanting to try this since I moved here. Count me in!

    September 3, 2013

    • Nicole

      This will be my first meetup with this group too, so I'm pretty excited. =)

      September 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Mine too Nicole. :)

      1 · September 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm new to this group, but not meetup. I hosted an event on Saturday; 25 of us went tubing and had a blast!! I have 2 rafts (one that seats 4 comfortably and I found out Saturday that 2 add'l people can sit on it as well, the second seats 5). If anyone is interested in claiming a seat lemme know. :) I have a stereo too.

    1 · September 3, 2013

    • Joseph J. A.

      Thanks Jen! You rock! We'll make sure that we all stick by Jen's rafts so that we can enjoy her stereo! It's only been a few hours since I've posted this and this is already proof that this event is going to far surpass the fun we had last time!

      September 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Feel free to tie on :)

      September 3, 2013

  • Peter

    I want to be involved in some of the antics this time!

    September 3, 2013

    • Joseph J. A.

      You have my word that we will not leave you behind this time, Peter! You just have to promise to be as wild and crazy as we are! Looking forward to seeing that! ;-)

      September 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ive seen the signs been wanting to do this. I a tennessee boy so i love rivers

    1 · September 3, 2013

    • Joseph J. A.

      Looking forward to meeting you Darrel! It's going to be a blast! It certainly was last time!

      September 3, 2013

12 went

Scottsdale, AZ

Founded Jul 6, 2010

About us…

This Meetup is community funded

$14.59/year

Member dues are used to:
  • Cover Meetup costs
  • Encourage more engaged members
  • Provide supplies or equipment
  • Improve Meetups
  • We have a strongly suggested but still optional Annual Members Dues of $11.36 (less than $12 per year) to help us cover some basic fees and costs for running the group and would appreciate if you paid using debit/credit/paypal here: https://secure.meetup

Voluntary

Members are not required to pay dues, but are encouraged to chip in.

Cancel dues at any time.

Dues are billed each year.

Our Sponsors

Create your own Meetup Group

Get started Learn more
Allison

Meetup has allowed me to meet people I wouldn't have met naturally - they're totally different than me.

Allison, started Women's Adventure Travel

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy