I was watching some videos on YouTube and came across this tutorial video on how to create a waterproof flashlight boombox (well, I added the waterproof idea). I wasn’t even searching for anything in regards to audio boomboxes, but That’s usually when you find the best life hacks!
Twenty-thirteen is off and we are already in February! Today brings the countdown to plan your floating trip to Kelly’s Beach this summer to lock in last years rate of $15 per person a night and $17 per person for a bus ticket up river.
On January 16th Kelly’s posted this message:
Call and make your reservations for summer now through February for camping and you will be guaranteed last year prices at $15 per person and $15 for electric. Same goes for our Rv’ers. Kellys is trying to hold on, it will be a difficult year, and prices will go up significantly. So call now and reserve early to save money. Also save on bus tickets, they too will be reserved at last years prices at $17.00. Reservations can be made Monday thru Thursdays from 11am to 5pm at ~ (559) 638-3522. Thank you and God bless . Remember you only have the month of January and February to receive this deal.
We have a few newbies coming on this annual float-o-holics trip, so I thought I would take a minute to let them know what to expect.
First, bring beer, a lot. It is always good to have too many than not enough. Trust me every year, someone does not bring enough, do not be that guy! Okay, now on to important things. Make your reservation early! Its only a month away, the bus and the campsite will sell out. If you are with Jeana & Austin (a.k.a. Juice & Frosty) you want the 9:00 am bus. Especially if you have never been floating before. If you still are not 100% sure you are going, make the reservation anyway! I can always have Cindy transfer the credit to someone else & bring you back cash.
What to float in?
Now here is the big decision if you are bringing a significant other; do you want to float together or alone? Austin and I use a four person boat by Sevylor (Coleman). You can buy one at Wal-Mart or Amazon.com (Sevlyor river boats). There is also the individual option. Either way, plan ahead and bring your desired flotation device with you. They are expensive in the small town. Here are some pictures:
If you are floating by yourself, you can use your old laundry bag or a new one (as seen to the right) and let it hang in the river. And yes, your beers will stay just as cold in the 47° average water temperature.
While floating: Most of the group brings stuff to make sandwiches. I personally bring lunchables. They are cheap, 5 for $5 at Smart & Final. I never have to worry about them getting smashed by all the beer.
Remember, whatever you take on the float you have to carry with you off the bus to the river bend.
While camping: Austin brings a BBQ and Aaron brings a flat top BBQ. Everyone is welcome to use both as long as they clean up after themselves. So, burgers, hot dogs, the usual camping food. We usually do a potluck dinner one night, I will keep everyone posted on that as well.
Here is your go to packing list. Print this out, check it twice because a newbie always forgets something!
A hat. Even if you hate them, bring one. The float takes about 5 hours, in the sun without shade.
Sunglasses, probably a couple pairs (in case you lose one).
Sunscreen, lots of it!
Bathing suit, its hot during the day & wont need much more.
A shower towel & a lake towel (2 total boys).
Alcohol, beer is the safest.
Koozies, no one like warm beer.
Flash light, or head light.
Snacks; veggies, fruit, chips.
Water & other liquids to re-hydrate.
Plates, forks, spoons, ect. Spices depending on what you bring to eat.
Cups; for beer pong & flip cup.
Warm clothes for sleeping & hanging by the fire.
Flip-flops and/or water shoes.
An over sized shirt for the float, in case you start to burn.
Games; corn hole, Ladder Golf/how’s it hanging, etc.
The camp site is a five minute drive from town if you do forget something. The campsite has a bar & restaurant if you do not feel like making dinner at night. They also have a store to buy ice. Both take credit card & cash.
Hope this helps, if you have questions let me know!
If you’ve got something to add, please feel free to comments below!
Last week the dam at Pine Flats was opened due to an overflow of water from the great winter we had. This had an ill effect at the cost of camp sites and properties down river. With the release of all that water in a short time many properties like Kelly’s Beach flooded and had to be evacuated.
This was especially hurtful for us as we had reservations to camp this past weekend (as well as reservation for the 4th). While we surly would have camped with out the ability to float the Kings River, it’s pretty impossible to pitch a tent on water.
As the weekend ended I got a note from Kelly’s stating that:
Next weekend was a no-go.
But we can change our reservation for another weekend in the year and they would show us a great time! While sad will miss out annually 4th trip, going up another weekend would be OK with me and our group.
While catching up on emails from the weekend I came across a post Cindy from Kelly’s Beach said:
Mike and I just received the best news from the Army Corp of Engineers that no new water releases will come and water is receding in the park! Mike just called me and said we are seeing river banks this morning. Let the clean up efforts begin today in earnest! We have friends who are bringing in the big guns now to start pumping out the water!
This is great news, while they might not be 100% dried out by the 4th, at least they’ll be dry by the following weekend. Hopefully we’ll receive news that floating will re-open and this season will last till September or October!
KELLY’S BEACH IS OPEN AND READY FOR BUSINESS! THIS 4TH OF JULY WILL PROVE TO BE THE MOST ULTIMATE ! THE RIVER IS GOING DOWN AND THE PARK IS HUNG OUT TO DRY TODAY IN THE SUN. I HAVE A FEELING… MORE SURPRIZES WILL COME!
So as I am sure most of you are aware, this winter we’ve had an abundance of snow fall in the central valley above Fresno, that the Sheriff has closed the parts of the Kings river from Pine Flat Dam to the Tulare County line and the southern portion of the Kings River between the Tulare County line and the Kings County line.
The Pine Flat Lake Reservoir is releasing water at a rate of more than 11,000 C.F.S.. This has led to an increase of the water level in the Kings River. If you’re on twitter I suggest you follow the @KingsFlow account for up to the minute flow rates. Ideally for floating we would like to see a rate of around 8 to 10 thousand consistent with bursts up to 12K. You’ll notice at the moment the flow is around 18K.
I am sure some of you had plans to head up this weekend, because I know I did myself. Our good friend Aaron decided an evacuation of Kelly Beach was not a good enough reason to not head to the river. So we will have eyes and ears on the ground here in a few hours.
Until then, all the floatoholics whom planned to hit the river for out annual fourth of July trip, we’ll just have to see how it pans out.