Drifting Down a Lazy River at the End of Summer

Farmington River tubing

The silliness of being stressed out as I rushed somewhere to relax wasn’t lost on me, but there I was anyway, feeling my blood pressure rise when we had to run over to an ATM because our place to relax only took cash.

We were in a hurry to fit in tubing down a river after my husband got back late from a morning commitment, and we had an evening thing scheduled for later.

As great as summer vacation is, I am usually guilty of trying to fit in “one more thing” as I see the days before I return to work slipping away.

I had last gone tubing 25 years ago, with the man who would become my husband, on one of our very first dates.

I never forgot that peaceful, easy feeling of floating weightless in the cool water with summer sunshine above me and not a care in the world. In slow sections of the river, I closed my eyes and floated so calmly that I couldn’t tell in which direction I was traveling, just a seamless, blissful drift.

I suffer from insomnia occasionally, and one of my best shots for getting back to sleep is to put myself in that tube again, empty my mind, and drift. I can sometimes melt into the mattress and find sweet sleep again.

As pleasing as the tubing was, 25 years went by without a return.

Then I was finally there again, feeling stressed, bickering with my husband, children brought along this time while I tried to squeeze in a bit more summertime fun.

I plopped awkwardly into the tube on the river’s edge and felt the water envelop me. It was that perfect temperature, warm enough to be relaxing, cool enough to be refreshing. I started to drift.

Within a few minutes, I was laughing, spinning, holding hands with my husband and my kids, leaning back and closing my eyes without a care in the world.


Farmington River tubing

101 things in 1001 days #86 (101 things in 1001 days): Go tubing down the Farmington River with my kids.

About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.

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13 Responses to Drifting Down a Lazy River at the End of Summer

  1. Kate says:

    Love the idea for your blog! What a great concept! Looking forward to reading more! (PS I’m a teacher on Long Island…just across the Sound!)

  2. Abby says:

    Well this brings back memories! I used to tube down our town’s river all summer long with my brother and our friends when we were teens. Great times! I’d love to bring my family tubing and might have to scope out ways to do it now!

  3. How funny, that’s one of the first activities I did with my husband too! I love tubing – nothing is more relaxing. 🙂

  4. zoe says:


  5. Looks so fun. We were supposed to do this a few weeks ago, but ended up not. It’s still on my to do list for another time.

  6. Man, I need to do this one day. Sounds amazing. And…your first sentence was hilarious.

  7. I want to do this so badly! Am I allowed to bring a snack and drink? How about my phone? A newspaper?

    Just kidding — I’d love to just drift and enjoy. Maybe bug spray?

    • Marcy says:

      There were a few mild rapids, so the newspaper is probably out. 🙂 I did bring my phone along for the photos (in a waterproof holder).

  8. Oh, I am so guilty of rushing in a great state of stress to the activity I hope will bring my family together and let us relax! Maybe in moments like that, I need to just picture myself on a tube, lazily floating down the river. 🙂

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