Another Seattle Adventure

On the 4th of July this year, we (Mom #1 and Daughter #1) searched out a hike near Seattle just to get out of town and into nature.  Some friends, another mother and daughter team, who lived in the area we visited went with us.   We stopped to pick them up on the way.  The destination was Twin Falls State Park.  It is east of Seattle on I-90 and we probably did an hour of driving to get there, some of it through forests (beautiful!) and some of it on freeways through traffic (um… not so beautiful).  There was not a lot of parking room at the trail head but we got there early enough to find a spot.  My daughter had to buy a day pass with a tag for the car.

Heading out to Twin Falls.
Heading out to Twin Falls.
Along the river trail...
Along the river trail…
This is a forest, so there are a lot of trees, naturally.
This is a forest, so there are a lot of trees, naturally.
And it's a mountain, so the direction is basically up.
And it’s a mountain, so the direction is basically up.

We headed out along the trail up the river.  Mom #2 was already ahead of us and had taken off her shoes to go wading, and it did look inviting.  We continued up the trail and came across a beautiful pool which looked even more inviting, so Mom #2 decided to stay and swim.  She had been up the trail before and was determined to spend time in the water.

Could you not have told us this before we got way up here...? Thank you for the exercise.
Could you not have told us this before we got way up here…? Thank you for the exercise.

Switchbacks and rock outcroppings, old growth trees and ferns made the trail interesting enough, but when we finally got waaaaay up there we came across this fine sign.  Oh great.

So down we trekked to the pool where Mom #2 was still swimming, and this time really swimming not just wading.  What a beautiful spot!  Daughter #1 was tempted to try wading but not really wanting to get her clothes wet.  There were a couple dramatic moments there until she got safely in to a good wading spot.  Others were climbing a large rock above the pool and doing some jumps – more drama there.

... thinking she wants to go in.
… thinking she wants to go in.
Whoa... going in.
Whoa… going in.
Yay! In!
Yay! In!
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Isn’t this the prettiest place ever?

I’ve since learned there is an alternate trail to the falls and I’m thinking that calls for another trip.  We drove to the closest town, a nice little village with several shops and eateries, and had lunch before heading back to Seattle.

Outside a cafe with a great view...
Outside a cafe with a great view…
...eating some pretty delicious looking crepes.
…eating some pretty delicious looking crepes.

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