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Hey y'all, Lez Go Tubing!

WHOA. AND WHOOSH. This week's Gay Place listings blasted into our database like a space monkey on a Spacely Space Sprocket (pay no mind). It's true we yammer about this phenomenon a lot, but we've been covering all things Austin and gay for lo over a decade, and never before have we witnessed this array, this sheer heft of gay and gay-friendly choices. All kinds of music. All kinds of events. All kinds of orientations. All kinds of pullulation. (Wow, a word of the day came in handy!) We get calls from new-to-towners, and most are blown away at gay Austin's ability to populate just about every night of the week with something celebratory. Well, there is something happening this weekend down south that has been happening for the past few years, and we just learned about it. We cannot think of a better recommendation for this week of swelter than a lovely plunge in a river – the Comal River, to be exact. For the past few summers, some hot lezzers from San Antonio have been rolling to the Canyon Lake area to put in for a nice afternoon of tubing. Together. With a bunch of gay folks. In tubes. If you inflate it, they will come. Well, this year, the Facebook page for Lez Go Tubing – the gal pals behind the tube excursion – is all lit up. More than 250 attendees have RSVP'd, with a nearly equal number of "maybes." However, due to Droughty McDroughterpants, the float has this year been moved to the more aqueous Comal, starting at Prince Solms Park, superclose to our old pals at Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels. Ooooh, we can feel the cool whoosh of water over tube as we type, and we are amassing our krewe to head south this Sunday. Join us? Caravan? Perhaps a side trip to visit our old Schlitterfriends? Speaking of which, should we ignite a similar Gay Day at our favorite water park this summer? What thinkest ye, summer-saturated gheys? Is the heat getting to you, too? Did somebody say "road trip"? (See Sunday.)

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