Tips for a Tubing on the Platte River

Tips for tubing on the Platte River

I love any excuse to be on the water and a tubing trip on the Platte River seemed like the perfect way to spend a few hours of our girlfriend getaway near Traverse City, Michigan.

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We got our rental tubes from Riverside Canoe. You have the option of tubes with or without a bottom. I’m glad that we chose the types with a bottom. You can also rent kayaks, rafts, canoes and Stand Up Paddleboards from them too.

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You can pick up any last minute items you need for your trip or souvenirs at their store.

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After you fill out your paperwork, you follow the guide into the state park. You do need a $10 Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park Pass but it will last you all weekend. One person from your group will drive to the ending point and the rest of your group can ride in the bus. The bus drives to the parking lot and everyone on the bus is dropped off by a trail to the water.

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We walked for about 10 minutes on the trail to the water. We were given a plastic bag to put our close in when we got in the bus which came in handy along with a string to tie our tubes together. We found that it was easiest to tie our tubes together to move down the river. It was fun to see how large the groups floating by us got.

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The float trip was really relaxing! You can get a great tan, enjoy the clear water, and observe the gorgeous scenery around you. Everyone on the river that day was extremely friendly. I think it would be hard to be in a bad mood in such a laid back environment.

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We were on the river for about 3.5 hours. Our trip was supposed to be 2-2.5 hours but the wind was blowing against us which caused us to walk in the water with our tube toward the end of our trip.

Our float trip ended a little before the Platte River meets Lake Michigan.

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Pick up for Riverside tube rentals was on the right side of the river. It was easy to spot the workers from Riverside Canoe collecting rental tubes.

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It’s worth walking over to take in the views of the Dunes in the distance after you drop off your tube.

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Here are a few tips before your tubing trip

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1.Wear some form of water shoe.

I wore Tevas which were perfect because they had a strap. You do walk for about 10 minutes on a trail to the area where you put a tube in and you don’t want to be barefoot.

2. If you don’t want to be cold, ask for a tube with a bottom.

You can always jump in the water if you get too warm but your stuff will stay dryer with a tube with a bottom. I found it really comfortable too.

3. Lather up the Sunscreen

Put it on before you go and bring some with you. You can still burn on a cloudy or windy day.

4. Bring a waterproof case for your phone.

If you want pictures during your trip, don’t risk it without a waterproof case. I loved being able to still take pictures while we were tubing.

5. Have towels ready in your vehicle.

Don’t bother to bring them with you.

6. The plastic bag that you get for your clothes can still get them wet.

Don’t rely on the bag for anything valuable. Leave your wallet and valueables in the car.

7. Your keys stay on you. I would suggest tieing your key to your swimsuit strap or getting a waterproof pouch to hold it in.

Also, make sure that you teather anything loose to your tube handle.

8. Wear minimal clothing over your suit if possible.

I wore a coverup over my swimsuit and it got wet in my bag. I would suggest bringing something else to slip on overtop in case your coverup gets wet if you don’t want to change right away.

9. Bring drinks!

We noticed that a lot people even had their own mini tube for a cooler. You will get thirsty while you are out there. You might want to bring a snack too.

10. Ask how fast the river is running that day.

Our tour was supposed to be 2-2.5 hours but it took 3.5 because the wind was blowing against us.

11. Try to make sure that you don’t lose your rental agreement so that you get back your deposit.

My rental agreement came back wet but they seemed pretty used to that.

12. Link up your tubes with the strings they provide if you want to stick together

13. Don’t forget to purchase your Sleeping Bear Dunes National Parking Pass for your vehicle. 

14.Take time to enjoy the view.

Swim when you feel like it. Watch out for tree stumps in the water if you are walking your tube in the water.

 

You can find out more about planning your adventure with Riverside Canoe from their website.

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Riverside Canoe is located at 5042 N Scenic Hwy, Honor, MI 49640.

 

Disclosure: I received complimentary tubes for review purposes. All opinions are my own. 

 

A Weekend Away at Lake N’ Pines Lodge B&B

 

A Weekend Away at Lake N' Pines Lodge B&B

It’s a pretty rare occasion when you can get 3 college friends together for a weekend from 3 different states. You could say it happens once every blue moon.

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Well, ironically that weekend did have a blue moon and we somehow pulled off our schedules to make it work.

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Our stay at Lake N’ Pines Lodge B & B exceeded my expectations. The location is nestled in Interlochen and the property is one of a handful of residences that are on Lake Dubonnet. The 1000 acre lake is a wildlife sanctuary that is surrounded by 6000 acres of the Pere Marquette State Forest.

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One of the perks of staying at Lake N’ Pines Lodge is that you can use the canoes, kayaks and rowboats on the property.

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The property has 4 diverse accomadations. We stayed in the “Pines Nature Cottage” which had two bedrooms, private bath, kitchen, living/dining room and a private deck with a grill.

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The main area has a nice deck with a hot tub that you can also use.

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The following day my friends and I woke up early for a sunrise paddle on the water. The sunrise wasn’t very dramatic but the scenery was still so beautiful and peaceful.

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We came back just in time for breakfast that was delievered to our room. When you arrive, you fill out a breakfast form the night before.

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You can chose from several different menu options for your breakfast and whether you want complimentary room service or if you want to eat in the common dining room.

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The first morning we made a strategy to each order something different so that we could sample and share.

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You really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. EVERYTHING was delicious! I ended up trying the same exact meal both mornings which was Eggs Benedict with sweet potatoes and bacon.

The hospitality at Lake N’ Pines was also great. The hosts were available for any questions that we had. They even offer a variety of food, outdoor and seasonal packages that can cater to your interests all year round.

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The central location puts Lake N’ Pines only 35 minutes from Sleeping Bear Dunes and about 20 minutes to Downtown Traverse City.  Lake N’ Pines is a great place for a girlfriend or couples getaway. This is a place that you will want to remember when you are considering an up north vacation.

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You can find out more about Lake N’ Pines Lodge from their website. 

10354 Mud Lake Road Interlochen, MI 49643 231-275-6671

 

 

 

Disclosure: Traverse City Tourism provided my accommodation. All opinions are my own.

Tips for Attending Slide the City

 

Tips for Attending Slide the City

Slide the City is a fun event that gives participants the opportunity to waterslide on city streets. My son and I had such a fun time at the event but I wish I would have known a few things before we went.

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1. If you have a triple or unlimited ticket, you get to keep your tube. It also needs to be inflated. I assumed that we were borrowing tubes but we got our own souvenir.  There was a non profit filling up tubes for a donation at our event. I’m not sure if they do that in every city. I wish I knew that prior because I would have brought money.

2. You will receive a drawstring bag with your uninflated tube, tattoo, and mouthguard. You don’t really need the mouthguard or the bag. You will either need to go back to your vehicle to drop off the stuff, have someone hold it, or tube while wearing it.

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3. If you bring your phone, make sure that you have a waterproof case. Don’t risk getting your phone wet because you will get wet.

4. Have a plan for your vehicle key.I put my vehicle key in my waterproof bag. You could also tie it to a string or strap on your swimsuit.

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5. Wear flip flops or sandals. You will still be standing on a street before it’s your turn to tube.

6. If you are body conscious, wear running shorts and an athletic material tank over your swimsuit. Cotton doesn’t do as well when it gets wet and there are lots of people taking pictures and video. I decided to err on the side of caution in case my swimsuit had a malfunction.

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7. Try to get as much speed as you can in the beginning. There are volunteers to help give you a push if you need it but it’s way more fun when you are going fast.

8. If you are debating on which type of ticket to get, I recommend the unlimited if you can purchase your ticket early while the prices are lower. My 2nd place option would be the triple slider. (full disclosure- a friend gave us triple slider tickets) If you have a single slide ticket, you still have to bring your own tube which is a pain. I feel like only going down the slide one time would be a disappointment because you would want to go more. The triple slide ticket was fun but our three slides down went fast and we definitely would have gone down more if we had the option.

9. Allow for enough time to park and check in before your scheduled time slot starts.

10. Leave your towels in the car. It’s easier to not have to keep track of them at the event.

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11. Have Fun!

 

You can find out more about Slide the City from their website. 

 

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World’s first and only Shark Bridge at Newport Aquarium

 

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Frozen Views of the Ohio River

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There are some situations that you have to take advantage of in that moment, otherwise you could miss out on them forever.

 

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How many times do we see something and think that we will get back to it only to discover that we forgot about it or we no longer have time to do it or that the moment is no longer there.

 

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I was faced with one of those moments on my way to Sandusky, Ohio. I was driving across the bridge from Northern Kentucky into Cincinnati, Ohio and I noticed how incredible the Ohio River looked frozen over. I was on my way out of town and I knew that there was a good chance that this scene would not be waiting for me when I returned so I decided to quickly deviate my route and take a few minutes to get a few shots of this incredible wonder.

 

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I grew up in the area and this is not a scene that I can recall many times in my lifetime.

 

 

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I still arrived at my destination on time….but first I had to stop for one more frozen view. This time it was to see 98% frozen Lake Erie in the backyard of Sawmill Creek Resort.

 

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Hope you get to take a little time to enjoy the view where you are.