Bacchanal on the Comal!

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Comal River Recon - License to Chill

Situation Report! I headed to the Comal River today. We rigged-up with a cooler-dedicated toob, filled with plenty of Tecaté Cervecas, pre-quartered limes (for the Tecaté), waterproof cigarette cases, sunscreen and bottled water.

We hauled the toobs about 200-feet from our parking space to the entry point and cast off all lines. We put in with a cool splash, air temperature was about 94° and the water temperature was a sweet 72° (definitely not shrinkage temperature). Yar! The Jolly Roger was flying on the cooler and we began drifting toward the main "chute." We hooked feet under armpits of the toob in front and were swiftly engulfed by the cool water. If only I had remembered to keep my mouth shut, then the Comal would not have been spewing from my nose. Ok, we survived the first chute - the next one is much calmer, but is a "butt-raiser," meaning you've gotta raise yer dainty arse as you are moved through the chute. If you don't, you will drag bottom at about 100 mph for about six feet. Not really, but it feels like it.

The Comal then moves gently, and slowly past residential areas and Schlitterbahn. I will have all attendees "hooked-up" with a wristband that will allow us to exit at Schlitterbahn's Rapids Pool Area and catch our breath (as if we will need it, but it is just one of the benefits of attending!). Then we re-entered the water and made landfall at the "YOU MUST GET OUT HERE, OR YOU WILL DIE," signs. After climbing a few steps (ADA compliant) we walked back to the beginning and did it again! Yar. Total time for the float from put-in to climb-out: one hour and ten minutes. It seems the slower the Guadalupe is flowing, the faster the Comal flows, and vice-versa, so our trip may be longer than 1:10:00.

What a hoot. If El Capitan thinks he is going to miss the Comal toobing he has another think coming. We could toob all day and not get tired.

Parking is $5 per car at the park and is well worth it. Bring a cooler, we have about 10 toobs so it will be first come, first served, then rentals are available for those lollygaggers who show up late. Texas Toobs charges $10 per toob and a couple of dollars if you want to do a repeat run. They have shuttles that pick you up at the exit point and return you to the entry point or to their concession area.

Things to bring for the float – Bacchanal on the Comal (literally):
1. Cooler (this can be a community cooler - discuss amongst yourselves)
2. Beer. This is a requirement. Anyone not bring beer will be flogged. Bottled water is optional, as well as Jell-O shots! Both are recommended.
3. Sunscreen. There is nothing finer than being immersed in the healing waters of the Comal River. There is nothing worse than getting burned to a crisp by Mr. Sun.
4. Waterproof cigarette container - available for $3 any where in town. These containers can also hold cash and drivers licenses or whatever you want. There is no where to spend the cash, and you don't need a license to toob. A license to chill is implied.
5. River shoes, not required, but highly recommended. Available at the local H.E.B. grocery store for a whopping $5.99.


  • You toobed the Comal today and didn't call me? I'll be ready to go next week.

    By Blogger Dash, at 3:30 PM  

  • Dash, it was a stealth mission!

    The days of the Bacchanal on the Comal are drawing nigh!


    By Blogger ZiPpo, at 6:48 PM  

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