Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Washington Whatcom Falls Visit 2008

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They posted a sign this year at Whatcom Falls that stated that it was against the law to swim there. They said that there would be a $1000 fine. I was disappointed. It didn't stop me from jumping in. But I did not enjoy it as much as I would have otherwise. It is still a gorgeous spot. When it is nearly 100 degrees outside who could resist jumping in.

When you hit that water for the first time and feel that rush of ice-water engulf your body. You pop-up and you can hardly catch your breath. You then look up at the cliff where you had so recently stood. It is a rush of exhilaration that runs through your body. It is the shortest moment that has a long lasting memory. This memory is connected through your life as a thread that ties that shortest moment to all the years in your past when you have enjoyed that very thing in that very place and had those very same feelings and emotion.

Whatcom Falls has a richness that can't be found too many other places on God's green Earth. It has a richness of sight, smells, and emotion. It is even combined with a richness of friends and family because a visit to Whatcom Falls is often accompanied by a picnic.

I don't know that a sign could ever keep me from jumping. There is too much life to be enjoyed in this spot.

14 comments:

Andy said...

What? No more swimming at the Falls ? That is like taking away a National Treasure... well, at least a local treasure. But, then again people broke all kinds of limbs and body parts "swimming" there.

I remember one time this girl, probably about 14-15 years old, swings out on a rope and is afraid to let go. So, instead she hangs on as long as possible and as she swings back towards the shore she can no longer hold on and slips off the rope falling onto the rocks and her ankle went "pop" and it was bent in an unatural position. Her Dad picked her up and they ran off to the Hospital. Ouch !

Plus, I nearly drowned there once, caught in the Waterfall undercurrent, but that's another story.

Ernest Pratt said...

Hey... I remember those things also. Crazy.
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It was so fun to hang out there with you. Next time you go back up there. Tell me... I'll go with you. We will break the law... risk the $1000 fine and hang out all day.

That rope swing is gone of course. I can still hear the pop of that Canadian teenager's ankle in my head! Gross!

Skot Pek said...

The last time I swam there was with you and Chris and Ben.

Ernest Pratt said...

That sounds like a problem. I'm coming up for Thanksgiving. Do you wanna go?

Skot Pek said...

I'm in!

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