The Denny Creek Waterslide

This past Friday I ventured out to a place I’ve been wanting to visit ever since I learned about it a year ago. It’s a place in Snoqualmie Pass known as the Denny Creek Waterslide.

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An overlook; you can see the waterslide below.

It’s about a mile from the trailhead, where the trail crosses Denny Creek before continuing up to the mountain peak. At this particular spot, the water flows over a large area of slickrock, making a natural “waterslide.”

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Doing the cha-cha

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They had fun floating things down the creek.

Friends have told me that usually the water levels are much higher, and you can slide for quite a bit. But with little Katie coming along, I was just fine with the low levels.

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What maybe wasn’t so great was the overcast sky and low temperatures. According to my phone, it was 57 degrees. Brrr.

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And yet. My children still wanted to splash around in swimsuits. I think they are crazy. Another friend simply said, “they are Northwest kids now.”

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Eventually the cold got to them, and they decided to huddle together and “keep warm the way penguins do in Antarctica.”

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It was a long hike back down the hill to the car. Katie dunked a shoe in the stream just as we were leaving, and had to hike in her flip flops. She was exhausted and needed to let us know. Often. Usually while engaging in the activity known as Not Hiking.

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The terrible traffic on the way home wasn’t that thrilling, either. It turned an hour-long drive into over 90 minutes.

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BUT — after a quick pizza dinner, we were able to go to the member’s preview night for “Titanoboa,” the new exhibit at the Burke Museum about a prehistoric 2500 lb. snake.

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Katie’s face carries the correct expression.

So, maybe I should type is as “TITANOBOA!”

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