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!

6 comments:

Jules said...

It looks like you guys had a great time. You're now a band of regular explorers! Did you leave your mark on some cactus too?

Robert & Jacqui said...

So fun! We're glad you all had a good time. I bet it's nice to get out and discover a new country. Way to explore!

GramandGrmapsGazette said...

Looks like a big rock to hike! We can say "You guys Rock"! but then we knew that already! Love the pictures of everyone! It looks like you had lots of fun!

Lorena Sparks said...

I looks like everyone is having a blast! I'm glad to see you are doing well.

Misty Mexican said...

Welcome back mi amiga!

The weather is warming up a bit, our ciment houses have been cold for the last two wks. Oh well.. I know this is Mexico but still, with no heating system... it preserves the human race for sure!

Hasta luego bella!

Joyismygoal said...

looks so fun