We learned about these falls in Washington from some friends. We invited Jeana’s family to join us for an afternoon to explore them together.
The whole area was so awesome because streams cut their way through rock.
The kids rode down little natural water slides.
The current from the water pushed them through.
Since it was our first time here we didn’t know that we needed to buy a parking pass before we came. There wasn’t any signal to buy one online. So, we put some $20 bills on our vans under the wipers, in hopes that people were honest and wouldn’t take the money. We kept going to back to check on them. By the end of the day, the tow guy came and he got our money. Next time we go we will get the passes ahead of time so we don’t have to worry about getting towed the whole time.
At some places the only way across was a little jump.
Sweetie is at home in the water.
The kids swam to a little rocky hill and they climbed up for a good view of Handsome Husband jumping down the waterfall.
Handsome Husband does the warrior pose.
And down he goes!
He had so much fun, he kept going down it.
Fernando has a fear of heights, so he stewed a little while at the top of the falls, trying to get the courage to go.
He did it!
Captain Adorable had fun swimming around.
Handsome Husband swam with Rylan and had a little jumping contest.
Pretty sure Handsome Husband won.
I asked Handsome Husband and Sweetie to pose on this waterfall for me.
Sweetie could swim all day.
Captain Adorable and Rylan climbed together.
Fernando had to bribe Ben with $10 to get him to go down the falls.
Ben felt like it was well earned.
Sweetie was so brave. I have been so proud of her, doing hard and scary things.
She came up smiling, even though she got a little bloody nose.
Handsome Husband jumped off the falls this time.
This is one of my favorite things about Baby Dragon. She named that stick Stickerton. And she put it in the water upstream and have it float downstream and she fished it out of the water. The tip of Stickerton broke off and she said it was his head and that it needed a proper funeral.
So she said a few solemn words before sending his head to its watery grave. I just love how she can use her imagination to make the mundane into something magical. It is a gift that she has.
Baby Dragon and Gabby watch as Stickerton floats down the water.
And Baby Dragon rescues him.
Handsome Husband finds his own Stickerton.
Jeana shows the girls a video on her phone.
The boys conquer a hill.
Handsome Husband finds a new place to jump.
Rylan couldn’t wait to go down the falls.
Captain Adorable saw that Rylan went down the waterfall and he decided he needed to do it too. He said he was scared, but that it was fun.
Captain Adorable wanted to go again. He said that he couldn’t keep his nose plugged, so some water got in his nose.
Fernando is trying to convince Baby Dragon to go down the falls.
He offered her $3, an ice cream sundae, a bag of chocolate dipped blueberries or strawberries , or a big bowl of ice cream at his house. She wasn’t very convinced. She how she is puffing her cheeks? That is what she does when she is scared or anxious.
Baby Dragon didn’t want to go, she had Fernando hold on to the back of her life jacket and pull her back if she chickened out. He did the first time…
Captain Adorable went again while Baby Dragon switched her life jacket.
Round two, Baby Dragon wasn’t too thrilled and when she looked back to tell Fernando to pull her back, he misunderstood and let her go!
Down she went!
She came out ok.
Ben and Baby Dragon had fun hanging out.
Jeana and I had Handsome Husband take some best friend pictures for us.
Jeana took some pictures of Handsome Husband and I.
Then I took some of Jeana and Fernando.
Handsome Husband photo bombed them.