Recreation: And the Riding Is Easy

Come summer's dog days and Americans tend toward extremes. Some exhaust themselves swimming, gardening or golfing while others conserve energy lolling about on back porches or public beaches. But a growing number of people, in the search for a happy medium, are rediscovering a sport as old as the first air-pressure auto tire-tubing.

Armed with sturdy inner tubes, floppy hats, buoyant coolers full of iced beer cans, and an extra car to leave downstream for the trip back, enthusiasts simply stake out a docile stretch of river, plop themselves into the tube's cool well, and float downstream. When...

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