On Thursday morning, June 26, 2014, Cindy, Amber, Abby and I packed a picnic and ourselves into the car and drove to Chimney Rock State Park to hike to the top of Chimney Rock.
This is the view of Chimney Rock from the parking lot. We’re going to walk 491 steps to the top of this rock, where you see the American flag,
Abby, Amber and Cindy trekking up the wooden stairs.
The white arrow points to where I was standing when I took the first photo in this post. This shot is from about one-third of the way up to the top of Chimney Rock.
Amber, Abby and Cindy about one-third of the way up.
Yours truly with Lake Lure in the background.
At this point we’re almost to the top. The stairs above us in this shot are the last ones to the top, which is just out of view on the left. Please take note that other than the support columns, there is nothing but open air beneath the steps.
We made it!
Abby and Amber celebrating their ascension to the top of Chimney Rock!
Grandma and Abby standing at the top of Chimney Rock.
Granddad and Abby standing at the top of Chimney Rock.
I am extremely proud of Amber. The idea of walking up and then back down stairs that have nothing but air underneath them is extremely frightening to her, but she bravely and courageously did so and showed how much heart she has! I salute her!!