One of the best parts about Washington state are the opportunities to explore outdoors. Lots of clean freshwater lakes, rivers, & creeks for water play & hiking. The best kind of fitness, in my opinion.
Last weekend, when we went camping, we camped at a campground that my family went to all the time as a kid. A river & several creeks (including a large waterfall) run on either side of the grounds. We hiked a mile from our site to this spot, called Blue Hole, a spot in the river that goes down 15 or 20 feet. There are rocks, excellent for jumping, right above the deepest part of the river.
Even though it’s the middle of summer & warm outside (maybe 80 degrees), this water is frigid. It’s coming off snow packs & glaciers from Mt. Rainer. Cold, cold, cold, is the best way to describe it. I remember doing this jump as a kid with my brothers. The water is so cold it literally takes your breath away.
Here I am at the river, on the rocks.
Should I jump?
Sure, why not.
Up in the air, for a brief moment. Quite a rush.
Bracing myself mentally.
The final plunge.
Whew, refreshing. I did it the jump 3 more times.
Joseph captured the moment on video.
Ever been “cliff/rock jumping”?