January 4, 2010

The Terrible Tale of Rainbow Falls

Hi everyone!

As you all know, I really enjoy Lolcats and Loldogs. I love the animal pictures and some people are so very clever with their jokes. This one today reminded me of a family vacation. And in this story I am not the one that falls!

funny pictures of dogs with captions

About ten years ago we bought a very old motor home. We had so much fun with that old thing. We went camping and fishing all over Washington and Oregon. One year we drove down to California to see my family. We drove up the coast towards home, stopping to camp along the way.

The last place we stopped was fairly close to home. We still had some time left on our vacation so we stayed out one more night. We stopped at Rainbow Falls State Park. Rainbow Falls is a fairly small state park but it is in a lovely old growth forest. This picture is from the park web page, but is several years old. Last year we had severe flooding in this area and the bridge was washed away.

So, here we were, parked in a nice state park, just two hours from home. The weather was exceptional for Washington, nice and hot. The river was slow and looked inviting. Daughter wanted to go swimming so I sent hubby to keep an eye on her. I stayed behind at the campsite to read so the rest of this story is hearsay.

Daughter got down to the river and started splashing about. She was thirteen at the time. Hubby was walking along the bank and joking around with daughter. He asked her if there were any fish in the water and should he get his fishing pole. She started looking around and was swimming and floating and joking with her Daddy. She was having so much fun that she did not notice the approaching waterfall.

And you guessed it, swoosh! over the falls she goes. Now remember, this is the middle of summer and the water level is low. And Rainbow Falls is not a very tall waterfall. It's really just some large boulders in the river. But is surprised daughter and bumped her around a bit as she was not prepared for her trip. Her dad was watching her and did not feel alarmed by her trip over the falls. Poor daughter, however was frightened by the event.

The next thing I know is here comes daughter, bawling at the top of her lungs and her Daddy following behind laughing. Pandemonium ensued. Accusations flew. "Daddy let me go over the waterfall!" "I nearly died!" She was furious and shocked. (It was really kind of funny.) Of course I had to settle her down and listen sympathetically. I put a bandage on her scuffed elbow and we sat and had a cool drink. Hubby explained that he didn't think the waterfall was too high and that he thought she intentionally went over. It was something he would have done at her age.

Now you may think this was the end of the story. That after calming down and relaxing that daughter could laugh about the experience. That she and daddy could share a chuckle over this misadventure. Well, you would be wrong.

This is the one family story that is sure to get Dear Daughter sputtering and twitching in anger to this day! She still holds a grudge that her daddy did not stop her from going over the waterfall and that even worse, he does not feel sorry for her. So of course, when I saw this Loldog today, it reminded me of this tragic tale. And of course, being the loving mother that I am, I sent it to Dear Daughter with a note asking her if it made her twitchy. :o)

Talk to you soon!


  1. What a story! Hopefully she can laugh now but at the time it happened I would have been hysterical too!

  2. That is such a funny story! We kinda have things like that happen in our family- like when someone thinks something is funny- and someone else certainly does not- and it will be that way forever!
    We were looking at all your visitor flags- I cannot even imagine!
    Your bloggie is soooo good

  3. Hehehe! Some things just stay with you forever. I remember the time my dad insisted that our 13 ft. Boston Whaler was not a small craft and took us me out boating in Boston Harbor when the small craft warning flags were flying and there were huge whitecaps and swells. Then he told me to get up in the bow for ballast. I almost got flung out of the boat! The coast guard swooped down and pulled us over and escorted us out of the harbor.

    Mango Momma

  4. That LOLdog is hilarious - I love the expression on his face.

    It's memories like that, that make up such a cool family history.

  5. hi puglette!
    i love the way you tell stories! you are a talented writer!
    happy tuesday!!!
    m & e

  6. That is really funny! And it reminds me of my family, too. You tell stories very well!

  7. Aw, poor daughter! That does sound kind of scary. I think I might feel a little bit mad, too. I'm glad she was okay, tho!

  8. That's a cute story. I think it reminds us all of some family vacation. It reminds me of several with my crazy family.

    Thanks for sharing!

  9. Great story! I can just picture the whole thing happening (mom says she very well could have been Daughter, things like this happen to her too). Glad everyone was OK, and that at least SOME of you can joke about it!!

    Brutus the Frenchie

  10. What a funny story. A picture can tell a hundred words.

  11. Funny story! And the LOL dog is perfect as an illustration!

    I think a lot of our children have episodes in their childhood that they blame us for, well into adulthood. For Son No. 1 it is the time 'Mum threw me into a door and cut my head'.

    Of course, this is the exact same time that I remember as 'The time I was rushing through a doorway with Son No. 1, and he grabbed the door on the way past with both hands, and swung it slap bang into his own head. All by himself.'

    Kids, huh? He's now 29 years old and still hasn't forgiven me. LOL!


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