Step 6: Explain Yourself to the Authorities
Brett was ready for him, though, armed with a stack of printouts on beach usage regulations and email correspondence with various bureaucrats discussing said regulations. He unleashed a torrent of minutiae at the ranger, somehow still maintaining total politeness.
The ranger, bewildered, simply said, "Look, I just want to know that you're not going to try to use that inflatable thing as a raft."
"Ah," we said, "No."
He was satisfied with that, so our hottubbing was on!
We didn't take a picture of the alarmed ranger, for obvious reasons. The photo below is by Flickr user psychofish (Some Rights Reserved).