Do waterfalls freeze? If they freeze, how about in Minnesota? Katie and I went to a partially frozen Minnehaha Falls back in 2013, so I have seen a frozen waterfall. Seeing such powerful water frozen in action is amazing! Last weekend it was Bailie and Madison’s turn to experience a frozen waterfall.
The weather on Saturday when they went to Minnehaha Falls was a balmy -11 Fahrenheit at midday! My sisters were wearing their boots too keep their paws safe, and their visit was short. Mom didn’t take a lot of time with photos because she didn’t want to have her gloves off too long. It’s hard/almost impossible to use the camera with bulky gloves.
You may remember, last summer my sisters visited Minnehaha Creek out by Gramma’s house. The creek actually winds around and ends up dumping into the Minnehaha Falls. Except for the area under the bridge, the creek was frozen. When Katie and I visited, we took a photo of the creek as running water in this exact same spot!
My sisters turned around to head for the falls and came upon the sign stating, “Danger Falls Ahead Do Not Enter.” With all the snow and ice, who would suspect there is a waterfall just ahead. It is a dangerous situation.
Approaching the first viewing area of the falls, my sisters put their paws up on the rock barrier to have a look. They were quite amazed as it is an impressive sight! I think they were a bit scared of the whole thing!
Before moving on, they had a little chat about what they were seeing. Madison had a panic moment, thinking maybe the drinking fountain at home might freeze with all the cold weather. Bailie assured her things indoor don’t freeze if the heat is working. So far the heat is working.
The walls and barriers around the falls area made it difficult for Mom to get photos of my sisters with the falls in the background. She took some of only the falls so you can really see how it looks. Mom also wanted to get a shot of all three of them together, but no one was around who could take a photo. Imagine that? Only -11, and not a lot of people at the falls…my mom is silly!
Can you imagine how much water is frozen there? In the photos on the post from when Katie and I visited, it is interesting as you see it in defrosting mode.
There are several stairs that go down to the falls but they are blocked off. Bailie wanted to go down, but Mom said “no.” We saw several people down there trying to go behind the frozen water. Every time it freezes, it is always a problem and sometimes they have to actually rescue people because it is so dangerous. Mom is a rule breaker, but not when it involves safety, and/or the police…thank dog!
The best photo Mom could get of my sisters was this one. It is a bit farther away from the falls, but they are still visible in the background. My sisters didn’t want to sit because the ground was cold, which was another photography issue.
After about fifteen minutes of viewing fun and photos, it was time to head back to the car to warm up. On the way back, they took one last photo by the park building. Maybe we will go back in the summer, but it is always so crowded then. We are not fans of crowds. Have you seen a frozen waterfall? You might want to add it to your bucket list!