There's a rock up in the Sequoias called Moro Rock. Now days they have large rocks and a metal railing on the path to keep you safe, but it didn't used to be that way. There was a guy in the late 1800's who, with the help of his step-sons, built a wooden staircase STRAIGHT UP the face of the rock!
This is the side view of the rock, from a road nearby.
This is another view from a road much closer to the rock.
The sun and the mountains in the distance were so....This view is from the bottom of the rock.
We had to climb 300-400ft in elevation. At the top it's somewhere in the 7000 ft. When you are that high already, you get short of breath very easily and have to take breaks.
You can see at the top of this rock the white metal railing. Can you see any trees? That's how high we are. A forest video said something like, "Trees can't live above 7000ft"
These are to show you how steep the rock sides are. We were constantly climbing the stairs.
View from the top!
...and my girls leaning over the railing!
This takes you all the way to the very point of the rock.
See the trees? And these guys are tall!
Here's the crazy part. I have a fear of heights. Shhhhh! Actually, my family knows. They witnessed my attitude and of course my husband video taped it. It's hilarious, actually. But here's what went through my head: "I don't want to do this." "This is a family thing." "I have to conquer this." "Other people have been up here and they are safe." So, when I got to the top, I scooped up some dirt and said, "I did this!" Now I gotta find a glass bottle to put it in.
The closer you get to the top, the narrower the walk-way. At one point, I'm crawling on my hands and knees up the steps because #1 it was really steep and #2 we're REALLY HIGH! It was torture for me, but as 5 year old Olivia from the Cosby Show says, "I'm still alive."