Eucalyptus trees are the rebels and outcasts of our plant community. Originally from Australia, the trees have systematically pushed out and dominated San Francisco's native species, causing ecological terror and chaos. The madness hasn't stopped here. In the process of taking over, one particular eucalyptus tree has taken its DGAF attitude to the next level — meet the Rope Swing at Billy Goat Hill. Sitting solo on the outermost edge of the hill, the tree offers a lovely view of downtown San Francisco and a rope with a single loop. The tree just begs us to slide our foot into the rope, kick off the edge of the hill, and ride the wind — as we descend toward possible death. Sometimes a smart Samaritan will cut down the rope in hopes of protecting good people from risking their necks, but that rope is always replaced, almost as if the eucalyptuses want it that way.
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