We made it to Missoula safely. We are so thankful to the Ness family in Missoula for letting us crash there. They live on a picturesque 5 acre lot where they are breaking in the soil with an immense garden and yard. We are jealous and hope we can be like them someday. The kids had fun playing with the dogs and discovering the creek.
Since we missed out on river fishing and swimming and sunbathing the day before and we missed out on the water park way back in New Mexico we decided that today was the day for a waterpark. We needed some serious fun to make up for the serious downer we'd had the day before. We headed to Spokane Valley, Washington's Splash Down water park.
We had a great day enjoying the water, the sun and each other in this perfect little family park. We got all our frustrations out by running up and down the hills and forgot all our troubles as we dropped down the dark wet tubes. I highly recommend this park for families with small children, especially if you live nearby because their family season passes are only $225!! The park was small enough that we could let our kids wander freely without worrying. No bimbos nor army guys looking for some action, very few inappropriately scantily clad women, nice well maintained grounds, short lines.
And then we went to Snoqualmie Falls. Though I've lived 28 of my 36 years in Western Washington I have never seen the Falls. The Falls were very beautiful and there was a nice little interpretive trail and park along it but we were very tired and ready to go. Next stop HOME!