TAKING THE TUBE TO WORK
As Kirsti Freeland and Andi Jobe crossed Canyon Boulevard in downtown Boulder on Friday morning, a driver stopped at the crosswalk leaned out his window to ask why the two were decked out in wetsuits and carrying inner tubes.
“We tubed to work,” they shouted at the driver, who looked at the women with a mixture of disbelief and bemusement.
“I can see how some people in other places might think this is weird,” said Freeland, in what might have been the understatement of the day. “But this is normal for me. This is normal for Boulder. That’s why we live here.”
“It’s the Boulder way,” Jobe said. “That’s what I love about this.”
About 1,000 tubers joined Freeland and Jobe on Boulder Creek as Tube to Work Day celebrated its 10th year Friday morning with by far the largest commute in the event’s history.
When Jeff Kagan and Andy Gruel took to Boulder Creek in 2008 for the inaugural Tube to Work Day, it was just the two of them. In 2017, so many people showed up that tubers had to wait in line and flash wristbands, as if Boulder Creek was the area’s newest amusement park ride.
“So many smiles,” Kagan said. “It felt really good to be part of the critical mass on the creek.” — Mitchell Byars, Boulder Daily Camera
Charles Garabedian, left, and his wife, Laura Zaunbrecher, on the unicorn, handle the rocks in Boulder Creek during the 10th annual Tube to Work Day in Boulder on Friday.
This commuter brought his laptop along to ride the waves of Boulder Creek. About 1,000 tubers took part.