Friday, July 24, 2009

Cabin: The Tube

Up at the cabin, one of the more frequently asked questions among the kids (myself included) is, "Want to go jump?" or "Where's the tube?"

You see, once we're removed from the comfort of computers and TVs to keep us entertained, we must take matters into our own hands.  It's a good thing, then, that as long as I can remember, we have always had this ingenious toy at our disposal...

...otherwise known as a large inner-tube from some sort of gigantic farm equipment.  Seriously, it brings hours and hours of entertainment every single day.  Only this year did I realize how weird it is that my family can have so much fun playing with an old tire.

Look, you can jump on it (last one on wins!)

Oddly there have never been any broken bones due to this activity, however there have been countless bruises, sprains, knocked-out winds (I don't know how to say that), and plain old tears.  In fact, this year I knocked the wind out of myself with my elbow after trying to do a backflip off of the tube.  It wasn't pretty.

The tube can also serve as both a daycare center AND a dog kennel - AT THE SAME TIME!  (Dog, Leo; Nephew, Darby; Brother, Mark)

However, it gets even more fun when the tube is transformed into a floatation device.  It becomes extremely hard to balance on it, and even harder to get back on if you fall.  Which obviously makes for a great game of "King of the Tube".

Clearly I was the last one on, and therefore won.  :)

I highly recommend that anyone and everyone get an old tire of their own, it may come in handy someday.

Also, unrelated to the tube, check out this cool diving sequence my sister managed to capture (I stole most of the pictures in this post from her off of facebook.)

I don't know how I managed to get so much height.  The trampoline at the end of the dock may have had something to do with it...

There's more to show, but the next post will return to knitting for a bit (so as to not lose all of my readers.)  Happy, um, Today!


  1. What a talented and creative bunch!

  2. Looks like fun! If it were me, I'd have (a) broken a bone and then (b) drowned, twice. :-)

  3. I'm so jealous that I missed all the fun this year! I still have a scar on my knee from jumping directly into the end of a drainpipe oh...20 years ago? It turns bright purple when I'm cold. :-P

  4. Dude! This is one of the best posts I've read all summer, anywhere. I am in love with your tube. :P

    And nice form on the dive, go you with the pointy toes! Very elegant.

  5. Your whole vacation to the cabin reminds me of the vacations French families take together in the month of August. (Families in other European countries probably do it, too.)

  6. Your sister did a fabulous job of capturing the dive! You show good form (not that I know anything about diving). ;-)

  7. Looks like fun!

  8. Are you sure you shouldn't switch from clarinet to diving? Perfect form!