A Bay Area mother of three died Friday when she was swept away by a waterfall near South Lake Tahoe, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office.
Dina Stephanie Espinosa, 35, was sitting in one of the pools of water at Eagle Falls just above Vikingsholm in Emerald Bay when she slipped while reaching for a tree branch and was carried away over the waterfall, according to the sheriff's office.
A search and rescue team and dive team recovered Espinosa's body shortly after deputies arrived on the scene.
Two of her children, Marissa and Ernesto, said their mother taught them all they know.
"We’re all outdoorsy; she instilled that in us, to love nature and care about animals and plants and the world really," Marissa Espinosa said. "I think of all the the places she could have gone, that was the place. She loved it there."
Her children plan to maintain the values their mom taught them. They say she will always be with them.
"We love her, and we’re going to get through it," Ernesto Espinosa said. "We’re going to give her a helluva show to watch."
A GoFundMe page created to raise money for Dina Espinosa's funeral and for her three children described her as someone who "gave everything for those she loved, she loved nature, being outdoors, and spending time with her kids."
The page, which had raised nearly $6,500 of a $20,000 goal as of Monday evening, noted that Eagle Falls was "a place she visited often and found serenity in."
Espionosa recently opened a business in Benicia.