If you don't like adventure, watching wildlife close up or cooling down on a hot summer day, then by all means, flip to a different page.

If you don't like adventure, watching wildlife close up or cooling down on a hot summer day, then by all means, flip to a different page.

But if you do, keep reading. Whitewater inner-tubing may be just what you need.

Called "tubing" for short, whitewater innertubing is a double-sided escape latch. In the summer, you can enjoy floating down a river, and in the winter, you can slide down the slopes.

One of the places locally to escape the heat of summer is in the numbingly cool waters of Bear Creek. But there's a caveat: Bear Creek can sometimes be prone to E. coli outbreaks, particularly in the summer months. To check whether there's an outbreak, call Jackson County Environmental Public Health at 541-774-8206.

Inner tubes let you explore sections of the creek that simple walking won't show you, and birds and other animals don't seem to have any problem with watching you float by a few feet from where they stand.

Tubing is exactly what it sounds like. You take a tube, anything from high-quality NRS ones designed to survive rafting through the Grand Canyon to the simple inner tubes that you can purchase at your local auto center, and head to a river.

Ashland Creek doesn't work well because it's too rocky. Instead, jump into Bear Creek and head down the stream.

Although the rocks are smooth and slippery, lifting your behind out of the tube when you go over rapids makes the whole trip a lot more enjoyable.

Amelia Covert Zeve is an Ashland-based writer who explores the outdoors and chronicles her adventures for publications. Contact her at ameliacovertzeve@gmail.com.