Elly drove us to the base of the three waterfalls and dropped off my parents, Consu, and me. There, we started up the long and steep pathway to the slide. We decided to scout the slide from the bottom before sliding down. We wanted to make sure that there were no rocks in the pool and that the shoot was clear. Dad and Consu stayed at the bottom to watch our stuff and make sure we were clear before we slid. It was up to mom and me to climb the long and treacherous route leading to the top of the falls. We struggled through soft and spiky brush and over stable and loose mounds of dirt. After crossing a barbed wire fence, pushing through even more sticks, and sliding on even more dirt slides, we emerged at the creek upstream of the falls. We carefully bouldered down the cliffy creek and stepped onto a large rock plateau. All around us were small waterfalls all flowing into the primary drop. We felt the excitement true and strong now. We were nervous and scared. There was no turning back. We carefully made our way over slippery rocks and came to the top of the slide.
Mom and I looked out over the pool below. Dad sat on a rock holding a camera. At the top of the slide was a dangerous, spiky rock we needed to avoid. We decided to slip in below the rock and miss it. Mom went first and after screams of delight it was my turn.....gulp. I have cliff jumped several times, but have never done anything like this. I hesitated, realizing my decision and what I had about to do. With a “bottoms up!” I jumped in with the rushing water. I slid for a short ways until I was shoved into the water below. I felt amazing and free after the slide. I have experienced the force of water, and the force of gravity, but never at the same time. It was amazing.
My day rocked! I loved sliding down and falling into the pool. I think once we finish buying the car that I will go and do it again. I have never done anything like it before. What an experience!
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