Now that time has gone by, i've pretty much lost the taste for beer when i'm on the water. My most favorite drink on the water now is a big thermos of Sweet Tea. I also never leave the dock with out a six pack of Ginger ale. I don't always drink them, but I always have them there just incase. They have a certain medicinal value, as in easing an upset stomach if you catch it early.
I use to love a good cup of hot coffee, until I realized that everytime I drank one on the water, it make me queezy. Coffee and rough water is a bad combo for me.
Since my tube is the closest thing to a boat that I own - H2O is the only thing that I carry. If it is pretty warm I make sure that I have my broad brim hat. Too many bouts with skin cancer is enough warning to protect myself. Over exposure to the sun is probably a good topic at another time. Who thinks about that crap when you're young.
When I am tubing, I try to keep my fluids to a minimum until after.
What goes in, must come out!
1. Inflate tube while finishing coffee.
2. Download before putting on waders.
3. Put waders on and take last sip of coffee.
4. One more download.
5. Put on fins and ignore the next download signal from the Kidneys.
6. Kick out into the water and determine if the kidneys can hold off just a little bit longer.
7. Throw the first cast and realize that that the kidneys are the boss.
8. Kick to the side of the lake, make download happen and get back to fishing. (while downloading, you are watching the spot that you were just at and the fish are jumping like crazy)
9. Kick back out to the spot only to find out that the bit just shut off.
People have been known to fall into the fire after having a couple too many.
The wife and I made an agreement to not drink alcohol while in our boat when we bought it. We have all night for that at camp or home when were done with the boat. I let my guest drink beer on board if they like, and they let me when I'm on theirs. (that don't happen very often, cause I'm always in mine)
It is fun to be able to ride along and have a few cold ones though. That's the only way i'd drink on a boat anymore, just like you.
Thanks for sharing hou-me!
Also, thanks for your replies to the other polls!
I'm with you on the gatorade. The only thing about it is how much it costs. With gas up, it's going to be the bargain water bottles for a while, 5.99 for a 24 pack. LOL!!!!!! I might even start boiling river water, that would be free.