Swimming at the Devil's Waterhole...
Of course, endless sunshine and high temperatures are perfect ingredients for an afternoon at the lake.
The kids wanted to go to a local favorite swimming hole today called the Devil's Waterhole.
A lot of the local kids go there to swim during the summer. Of course, there are quite a few visiting campers there as well, but I would venture to say that most of the "jumpers" live around here. (Do you see the guy on the very top of the huge boulder?)
Devils' Waterhole is located at Inks Lake State Park. I had taken a few photographs from our previous visit.
The first time I had taken Carrie and Parker to the swimming hole they were quite intimidated by the "recreational activity" of jumping off of a cliff into the lake.
I have no idea how high that cliff is. I would have to estimate that it is probably close to 20 to 25 feet?? When you add the boulder to your jump you could be adding another 15 feet to that. This is strictly a guess on my part. Parker is about 6' tall and I'm using him for measurement. Also, it is "SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK" because there aren't any lifeguards to be found anywhere on the lake.
Carrie and Parker spent quite a bit of time sitting and watching the jumpers. Of particular interest are the jumpers who climb the big boulder and jump off the top of it.
I didn't know if Carrie and Parker were going to muster up the courage to take the plunge or not. I think they sat up there on that huge rock for about 45 minutes before they even ventured to the edge of the cliff.
Once they were there, they spent quite a bit of time "looking" at the water.
It's pretty scary looking. Even from my vantage point from the opposite shore. Thank goodness I was able to zoom in with my camera so that I could get a good look at Carrie and Parker's expressions. (You can click on the pictures to make them bigger.)
Carrie was the first one to jump.
This is her as she is hitting the water.
Upon seeing that his sister survived the ordeal, Parker then unfolded his arms and took the plunge as well.
After the kids made their first successful jump they then proceeded to climb back up the rock to do it all over again.
Today, the kids acted like they were "old pros" and made quite a few jumps off of the cliff.
I'm an old pro at watching the scenery from a shady point of view.