It’s supposed to get Hot again Friday and Saturday. If you’re looking to end summer with a splash, you may want to try the pretty Mashell River in Eatonville.
I’ve been meaning to head here for a while, but I didn’t manage to get in gear until my friend Lisa inspired me by posting a bunch of pictures she took during a trip with her adorable girls. Hey, Lisa, could you post some pictures of your clean house and folded laundry? Let’s see how powerful your magic is…..!
Back to the river. You access it from Smallwood Park. You’ll see a sign explaining how the river is important to salmon, and there are several points where you can get down to the water. Unlike most rivers in this area, this one is gentle enough to wade and play in, and thanks to wood that has been added to make pools for those salmon, there are even spots deep enough for real splashing and dunking. Of course, you should watch your kiddos around any water, but if there is any hazard here, it’s more likely to be slippery rocks (No joke!). There are also some trails in the park, but don’t look for a bathroom!
If that’s not enough play for you, the playground in nearby Millpond Park is excellent, with a nice climbing web and two structures. There is also a skate park for the teen set and the little Stagecoach Museum. There is a bathroom here, and though it wasn’t super clean, there was actual soap in the dispenser. Whoo-hoo!
If this sounds a little too far, or a little too adventurous, you may want to head to one of Tacoma’s free spraygrounds. They have extended hours during the day this week and this weekend, too. I’m working on checking the rest of the sprayground list. Generally, most outdoor pools have closed, but most spray and splash places remain open. If you’ve got an update I’ve missed, leave a comment and let me know.