Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Pena de Bernal
This last weekend our little band decided to climb the world's second largest monolith - Pena de Bernal! Uncle Ryan (my brother) served a mission in Australia and explored the largest monolith in the world - Ayer's Rock or Uluru! Thus, a member of the Smith family has now explored the two largest monoliths in the world!
We all enjoyed the climb up and met people from the USA, Belgium and France. We thought it was interesting that people left their mark on catcti - similar in fashion to others who carve their names into trees. The climb up was fun - our little group went as far as possible without equiptment! We do wish we had some climbing and rappelling gear here... that would make for some great fun... but, our children were quick to note the crosses atop the monolith that may be signifying others who attempted unsuccessfully to rock climb the cliffs. Our family loved seeing some hawks and possibly eagles flying around the peak of this amazing sight. It was a great time and we all enjoyed the hike!