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A good friend and I are gearing up for a trip to New Braunfels this weekend to float the Guadalupe River, and I have to say I'm excited.

I've only floated the river once, a couple years ago, with some friends in college. While I don't remember too much about it all, I do know I came home with one of the worst sunburns I've ever experienced in my life (note to self: take sunscreen and reapply, reapply, reapply!) and that I had a blast.

It was great floating along aimlessly for the three or so hours it took - the river was PACKED that day and it was slow going for a while.

And we were all amused at the guys who stood at the end of the chutes, clad with goggles and snorkels, ready to snatch up any items you lost while tumbling out of your tube. We'd heard notorious stories about how the guys grab things up and then try to sell it back to you, so we went prepared. The items we did have were in a mesh bag that one of the big, strong men held on to for us.

Well, actually, one of the guys dropped a bag - which contained all of our shoes - on our way out, but rescued it for us, giving a menacing look to the kid who grabbed it and called out, "Look what I found!"

But it should be a lot of fun. I'll update you guys on Sunday - yep, I get the Sunday shift this week - and let you know how it went and whether I was adequately prepared for the sun that awaited me.