Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Liz and I volunteered with the Washington Trails Association to clear a trail in the Snoqualmie National Forest. We started off the day clearing the start of the trailhead as you coule barely tell a trail started there. Luckily, we had purchased "Joy of Gardening" gloves from Fred Meyer the day before and we ready with the clippers to clear down some weeds and major over-grown plant life. After that, we started rebuilding a wall that had fallen with rocks. And when I say rocks, I mean boulders. It took us over 2 hours to esablish 6 rocks.\
Liz helped by being the brains of the rocks and I was the muscle. But she did help out as I was rolling the rocks down the riverbed by grunting and claiming "that looks heavy!". It was good fun.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
We hiked to the top of Vernal Falls and the base of Nevada Falls. After hiking up the mountain, you then climbed 600 steps that were flattened rocks, slippery from years of use and mist from the waterfall and lined with a sheer cliff to the roaring river below.
Dad doing good on the climb up
Rainbow from about halfway up the hike
Top of Vernal Falls, this is what you go through before you reach...
...this! Vernal Falls!
Falls, river, rocks and rainbow
(Please note the soaking wetness, Jena had a hood, I did not)
While we didn't want to wear the wetsuits at first, at that first soaking wave, we were glad we did!
Despite how awesome all of these pictures are, I think Jena is the bread-winner with the action shot of picking her butt in the wetsuit.
Mom & Dad at lower Yosemite Falls
Krissy and I standing on a slippery rock at lower Yosemite Falls