Friday, August 26, 2011

jumping off at elk river falls

Just a few days before we left for our North Carolina vacation, I came across this blog post from Jen at Jen's Ink Pen about her family's visit to the Elk River Falls. I knew it was something my boys would love.

The path to the falls brings you to the top. Alec and Mason just thought we were there just to look at a waterfall.

I pointed out a kid who was about to jump off the side of the rock wall just below the falls. They were all over it.

 Mason went first. There's a rope to hold on to as you climb up a very steep rock wall.

Here's a view of the scene...

Once you climb up the wall, there's a thin piece of twine to hold on to while you carefully make your way across. Looks kind of scary to me.

Alec started climbing next.

Mason made it to the jumping off spot and wasted no time.

I barely had time to focus and catch him jumping off.

Alec made it across and decided it best to analyze the situation before proceeding.

He let Gary go ahead of him.

After he completed his detailed analysis, he was ready to make the leap.

There's no way I would jump off that ledge. Way too scary. And I'd have to flat iron my hair.

But it was a really great experience for my guys.

I'm so glad I came across Jen's blog. Thanks, Jen!



29 comments:

  1. Wow and wow again - such an amazing place, my boys would love to be there (as would I)! :-)

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  2. That looks like fun - I might have been terrified.

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  3. Braver than me! :) LOVE that last photo.

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  4. What wonderful funny watershots :)

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  5. Such brave guys! Love the pictures ~ refreshing.

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  6. Oh my, rather them than me. But, I'm a bit of a coward lol.
    Your pictures are great and looks like a lovely place. Hope you had fun as well?

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  7. That looks like so much fun! How wonderful that they were able to add that to the amazing list of wonderful summer memories.
    Thank you so much for joining Alicia and me in the Crazy Days of Summer "Sweet Summer Finale". You've been entered for a chance to win an amazing $200 photography and scrapbooking prize pack. It's just our way of saying thanks... Have a great day. :)

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  8. Whòw that looks so cool! Beautiful shots...

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  9. A perfect activity for teenage boys. For middle-aged farmer gals, not so much. :)

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  10. Very cool! I would have jumped. ;)
    It is just so beautiful there. You captured it so well.

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  11. Well they look like they enjoyed it quite a bit. I would be there with you- holding the camera & away from the danger.

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  12. Wow. Those are some adventuresome fellas. Looks like a good time was had by all and you got some great moments captured. Love that last shot! Thanks for the support during the Crazy Days of Summer. Stay tuned for a fall challenge, coming soon...

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  13. So, so fun!! This brings back many wonderful memories of cliff diving as a teenager and college student.

    Looks like they had a blast.

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  14. wow, what a trip. hope we can all go next summer!

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  15. This looks SO fun! I am still laughing at your flat iron remark, and that last shot is perfect! What a wonderful memory captured for a lifetime!

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  16. That looks like so much fun! but! I don't think I would do it.

    Your boys are like mine. One that analyzes everything and other that leaps!

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  17. Whoa! they're brave and so are you! thanks so much for your lovely comment on my hummingbird and for 'pinning' it!!

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  18. Beyond scary! I'm glad your family enjoyed it! Great captures!

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  19. How cool! What a great place - thanks so much for sharing this!

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  20. Great shots! I'm amazed anyone would try that!

    Teresa

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  21. what great summer memories!! reminds me of something I would have done in my teen years, but not so much now!! Ha ha. although, not sure about that ascent up with the skinny little rope!! i love how your boys different personalities shined through in this adventure!

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  22. What a glorious spot to spend an afternoon! I love to jump but I'd have to wear a dorky life jacket.

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  23. Lots of fun.
    As a brazilian I have to love the first shot. Great shirt :)

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  24. this looks like awesome fun! - yes, for young boys! :)

    wanted to come by and say thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. i recognize your face from Blogland! God bless you and yours in LA!

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  25. Oh Lordy... I would have wet myself on the climb up ;)

    Great shots!

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  26. That's an amazing place!It reminds me with my teenage years. Going to such nice place is full of fun and great memories. I'm scared to jump!

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  27. What a gorgeous place. It looks like loads of fun!

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