August 4, 2017

That’s my baby. On a cliff…

So Oldest went backpacking at Half Dome in Yosemite. If you’ve ever had the chance to see Half Dome in person, then you know how amazing a place it is. I’m betting at the very least you’ve seen pictures of the glorious peak in calendars and art galleries or online.

Bet you haven’t seen this picture. Oldest after an all day climb. She’s the little dot on the cliff.

Here she is on the right with her friends. I look at this picture and can feel my womb clutch. That is my baby. On a cliff. On purpose.

I can’t even climb a ladder without getting dizzy. Boggles the mind, doesn’t it?

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  1. I am right there with you Jill. Hard to watch our babies doing stuff but yet so proud of their accomplishments. Thank you for sharing. Hope you have a great day/weekend.

  2. Omg! I would be flipping out! I can’t do that either. I don’t like being in the balcony of a theater. Feel like I’m going to fall!

    I have a son who would do something like that!

    Brave girl!

  3. My baby is an outdoorswoman and climbs rocks. She climbs rocks. On purpose.

  4. What a wonderful, independent woman you have raised !

  5. It makes me want to yell ‘get the heck back away from the edge’!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. amazing !!! but, oh my heart !!!

  7. As a mom (and a fellow fear-of-heights advocate) I can tell you that seeing that picture made MY heart clutch! If it was MY baby out there (she’s only 12 now) I’d have the same reaction you did! I’ve been to Yosemite many times. I love Half Dome… from afar. I’ve seen the ladder one must climb to get up there… I could NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS, even if offered a MILLION DOLLARS, do it!!! Those are some seriously BRAVE SOULS!! Your daughter must be very brave and very strong to have made that climb. I’m sure along with the womb clutching there is a significant amount of pride in you little girl going out there and concurring that rock!

  8. You have to let them fly!!
    Live for today, tomorrow isn’t promised.
    I’m a Mother of child loss
    Not from climbing!
    Stupid car crash (at no fault of his own) :-(

  9. I use to hold my breath when he jumped off diving board until he came back up!

  10. I’m not afraid of heights, but I wouldn’t be able to be there on that cliff. Very brave girl and good for her that she can. Have a great weekend!

  11. Ugh….even looking at the photos leaves me weak in the knees.

  12. I look at your daughter and I get scared for her.I don’t know how she did it.

  13. I would be freaking out if that was my daughter. Got the queasiness just looking at the pucture

  14. You gave her wings so she could fly.

  15. Oh wow. Of course I recognize that place. Never realized it had a name. Very scary. She must be pretty proud of herself. No holding her back. She’ll remember that for the rest of her life.

  16. Wow. When I was a kid we stopped at grand canyon and I though that was something. I with you could never do what she did. God be with her and her friends. Have a great weekend.

  17. Boggles the mind…amazing for her! But there is NO way I’d be able to stay upright, let alone climb that high or for that long. I’m with you: put a ladder in the same room with me and I fall over. True story. :yes:

  18. Tell her to get down from there right now, and send her to her room! Argh, I’m dizzy just looking…

  19. Oh my word! My stomach dropped when I saw that first picture! I am afraid of heights, now I will get on a rollercoaster, but get me on anything high like this and I freak out. It is beautiful though!

  20. Wow, She has more nerve than I have!! You need to have a talk with her and tell her NOT to climb that cliff any more!!!

  21. :good: very cool! My husband climbed Half Dome when he was in high school. I can climb a ladder…but not rocks!

  22. Half Dome is an amazing place!! I’m with you. Those pics make me worry. Of course part of that could be because a cousin of mine fell off a cliff in North Carolina over 40 years ago. Granted, they were partying – but still, not a good way to go.

  23. I cannot even begin to comment on this pic ! Where is her safety harness ? Where is the net to catch her if she falls ? Is there a big, bouncy-type thing that would cushion her landing if she falls ? Oh, my, I’m almost hyperventilating here……

  24. Oy…just took my nitro! ;) I’m holding hands with you!

  25. Couldn’t do it!!!! It is beautiful

  26. Omg! I can’t climb a ladder or reach up without getting drunk.

  27. The kids today seem to have more guts than we did at her age. You can be proud of her.

  28. I am with you Jill. I have a fear of heights like these pictures your daughter took. Two of my nieces and myself went in a lighthouse in Michigan. One of my nieces and I went into the light house to go to the top and we had to stop. We found pout we both have a fear of heights. :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

  29. My kids would be out there with me, because usually I’m the instigater in doing things they normally wouldn’t do. Never anything to dangerous and they’ve always thought it was awesome by the end of the journey. Lol

  30. OMG – I get nauseous just looking at pictures like that! :cry:

  31. Just looking at that made my hands sweaty.

  32. Yikes!!

  33. OMG :whistle: :shock: :shock: :scratch: :negative: for me !!!

    Never in a million years …. my stomach go queeeezzzzieeee look at them standing on the tip of so close to the space and downward space !!! WHEW WHEW WHEW WHEW EEEEEEK

    BRAVE SOULS … Your daughter and her friends .!!!!

  34. Did she send you a cable?? lol I’m kidding, of course, but I’m with you!! I would have had a heart attack, if that had been my Daughter!! You raised one gutsy girl!! That’s a good thing. She’ll need that strength to get through this crazy world today!!

  35. Jill, I have had a fear of heights since I was a little girl, & my grandfather’s car ended up on it’s side in a very deep ditch when he pulled to the side of the old country road to let a CokaCola truck pass us.
    When I was in my late teens, my uncle directed my brother & I to the place where the car had gone off the road. To my dismay, that ditch in reality was only about two feet deep. At the early age of 3 or 4, that ditch seemed to be the Grand Canyon.
    Just looking at the pictures you posted, makes me queezy, my heart beats rapidly – this time I can’t blame it on a medical problem.
    Heights just scare me to death & throw me into a panic.

  36. I get weak kneed on a ladder, open staircase and gain planks (the things you use to board boats with). So there is no way I would be doing what she is doing.

  37. :eek: I’m not afraid of heights but as a mom I can relate to those pictures being scary. On the other hand…I’d like to see the view from up there but maybe not so close to the edge!!! :grin:

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