Oooooh how I hate that word. I finally understand why my mom would get so upset when I’d tell her ” I’m bored”. She’d always tell me to clean when I’d say that… so I learned quickly to keep it to myself or come up with a more creative way of saying it! As you get older you dream of being “bored” …. well I do anyway! Always something to do, for my household, well 5th wheel, that usually is clean… everything!! One thing I don’t understand is why they named this town Boring, OR. Yes it may not be as easy to find something to do as it is in the city ( Portland) but in my opinion there is so much more to do here!
We’ve been staying here at Barton Park. Our first time we stayed here was only for a few days, and I was trying to get over my long drive back from visiting my home town, so I didn’t get to full explore this magnificent place, and I wish I would have!!! Between hiking and fishing and swimming ( oh my) there is a small thing to do that I promise will have you talking for years to come…. boring, it may sound like that to some… but it is anything but!!
Floating. Lol, yes…. plain old raft floating. Something I’d like to call myself an expert in ( before I was a mommy). I’ve got some tricks you may not want to miss, stocked up from hours of floating down good old Kelly’s beach ( RIP) located on the Kings river in Reedly, CA. We once took a 7 1/2 hour float there and I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun, the end got a bit blurry… some would say he had a bit to much ( fun). Yesterday we went down to the water around 5:00pm, it was over 100 degrees out side and we all needed to cool off. We sat and watched floater after floater float on by, Ella thought it was a private parade just for her she shouted “More,More” as the drifted on by into the sunset!!l
Barton Park ( our home for two weeks) is the end of the line for most floaters, they get dropped off down the road a few miles with their tubes, boats and in some cases giant swans! The time your on the river fully depends on a few things, #1 how fast the river is flowing. #2 how much you have to drink, and I’m not talking about water. #3 show many times you hit the side of the river. Finally #4, how far you make it without popping you floating device!
With that being said here are a few pointers:
-Pick a smooth flowing river, with plenty of water in it! I highly suggest coming right here to bordering and getting your self a camp site here at Barton… but plan they fill up very fast, still not sure how we got in here!
– Drink, yes having a little buzz makes this so much fun, however it isn’t allowed here, in fact no booze are allowed here at Barton Park… so put it in a different cup… or Jell-O shots work well, also gummy bears overnight soaked in your favorite vodka, rum, or even gin. But please drink reasonably and remember you need your wits about you to make it to the end. Please pack lots of water and drink it regardless of weather you are catching a buzz or not… the sun will ware you out!!
-Bring a paddle or long stick to push yourself away from the side of the river. Tie your tubs together with the rest of your group… I always chose to be tied to the ice chest floaty 😉
– Bring a trash tube/ ice chest tube. When or if yours pops because you hit a stick or a tree on the side of the river, you can carry on in the trash tube… kinda like the float of shame, but hey it beats walking in the heat, or sinking your friends float because you think you can both use it… I’ve done all of this, trust me!!
– Enjoy the beauty of the river, sometimes we get going so fast in our day to day like a we don’t take the time to smell the roses… stop along the sides of the river and explore all this beautiful park has to offer, you won’t regret it!!
– and finally have an exit plan, I saw an awful lot of people walking a very long ways back to there cars parked where they entered the river. You will be so tired and it’s still very hot, so do yourself a favor and get a campsite here…. again trust me on this!
I was afraid of getting my phone wet so I left it at the trailer… these are some pic Jim took… I loved the long bearded guys…. but there was really so much more we didn’t get a picture of!!
If you do have kids, to young to float I suggest doing what we did and head down to the river for the show… they have all kids of little water spots off the main flow of the river to sit in and stay cool and the entertainment is truly endless… especially and the end of the float, way to much fun!!!