I could have called this post "BACK to
Backbone Rock" since we were here last year.
This year's visit was totally different. Last
year was a damp, drippy day with slippery
stone steps and wet leaves. Not very good
for a treacherous hike like this.
|This display shows how old steam locomotives once|
traveled through "The World's Shortest Tunnel" here,
just 5 miles south of Damascus.
|If anything, this is an understatement.|
But it's worth the risk. Just don't take
children up there-- PLEASE!
|Going up. And up. And up.|
|Don't let the greenery mislead you about the width of|
Backbone Rock. If you step off the rock you see here,
you're goin' DOWN! A long way.
|It's nice up here above the trees. Certain trees were|
starting to turn, but not many.
|The scariest spots are where there's only a railing|
on one side. The kind of railing that might keep a
grocery cart from going over the cliff, but not a person.
|This might help you visualize just how much you|
feel "at one" with the wide open spaces.
|You almost feel like you're walking on a bridge that's|
not attached to anything.
|Anybody have acrophobia? That's a fear of heights.|
What do you call a fear that a mysterious force is
going to grab you and hurl you off a precipice into space?
|Sourwood is a real showcase in the fall.|
|Forget the sourwood. Let me take my pictures and|
get down from here!
|We didn't get this far last year, but on the far side of|
the rock is another stairway leading down.
|Notice the missing railing above. We found the|
missing piece several yards below. Somebody had
a bad day, I'm afraid.
|Every view of Backbone Rock is unique because of|
lighting, shadows, and angles.
|Another wooly worm (refer to a previous blog post).|
|This year we discovered Backbone Falls,|
a small but lovely waterfall.
Watch this video for a panorama of the falls
and some amazingly calming sounds of nature.
|Judy suggested I get a shot of the sunlight filtering|
through from above. Not much touched the ground.