A few weekends ago a few friends and I got together to hike down Cascade. I have done it multiple times, but it's been years. You climb down into a canyon and follow the water down to a trail to hike out. There are about 10 jumps ranging from 10 ft to about 20. Jumping off and sliding down waterfalls is so much fun. Once you make the first jump, there is no turning back. You have to finish.
The storm clouds were brewing on our drive up, but that didn't deter us from our plans. As lightning struck I started getting nervous. I never used to get nervous, but ever since becoming a mom, my logical (and completely illogical) brain kicks in and warns me of every possible scenario that could happen. what if lightning strikes the water? what if I get hypothermia? what if I slip and hit my head? what if I die and my kids don't have a mom? Seriously, it's ridiculous. Regardless, I made us say a little prayer, just to be sure.
We got out of the car to start the climb into the slender canyon, and Marisa and Angie started busting out their wetsuits. I thought it was hilarious, I teased them, and had to take a few pictures-especially since Angie's was made for infants and we had to tug and pull to get it on. I was laughing to hard. It turns out, I was sort of wishing I had the silly wetsuit on. I remember the water being absolutely the coldest water I have ever been in. Really, there is nothing that can prepare you for the absolute and complete shock that goes through your body as you jump into that water. I think it's 34 degrees, 35 tops. It takes your breath away, makes your entire body go numb, and is exhilarating. The problem was that usually I go when it's hot and sunny. This day it drizzled and stormed and I thought I was going to shiver myself to death. It was amazing anyway.
I'm like 98% excited, 2% scared. Or maybe it's 98% scared, 2% excited. I am only scared because I know how freaking cold that water is. I know I am the biggest dork in the world. I come by it naturally, but anyway, we felt kind of tough for doing it without wetsuits.
The canyon is so beautiful. It's breathtakingly beautiful. I am always just so amazed at how gorgeous God made this earth.