The Realities of Rattlesnake

LRM_EXPORT_216008115183373_20190402_080951365.jpg

Happy Friday guys! This has honestly been one of the best weeks. We have done so many fun things, all while staying close to home. Most weeks we spend four out of five days driving an hour or two total each day and it started to really wear on us- Finns naps were effected, I was mentally getting really exhausted, the pups were starting to act out… so, we did the opposite this week, we had one day where we ventured further for a playdate but overall kept all of our activities within 15 minutes from the house. It was SO nice!

In other news, my little brother left for Australia Monday. I am living my dream of world travel vicariously through him (until my family and I get the chance to pack up and go). This morning I woke up with a picture of him petting a wallaby and just about died! But we have recently started doing these sibling activities and this week it took us outdoors.

Back to what we’re all here for, right?

You see the pretty blogger, hair flowing in the wind, standing on a big boulder with gorgeous yellow lighting, matching workout suit and think “yeah, that looks like such a great hike”. I’m here to tell you whats actually going on.

Ugh, Rattlesnake. I love the idea of it. It is breezy, something I would love to take Finn on for him to walk part way himself, beautiful view at the top, room to venture further, and a great lake to spend the day at after. Overall a really wonderful trail. But, I absolutely cannot stand it. Rattlesnake is one of the most popular trails I think I have ever been on, and I was in Yellowstone during the middle of summer. I love the idea of people getting outdoors, I encourage it, but this is the kind of packed that I just don’t have the patience for.

Hunter and I showed up to the trail at four AM, made it to the top at five, and were really happy to see we were the first ones there. We picked our spot, pulled out our Hoagie, and waited. We were alone for about thirty minutes before others started to rush in. Most people were very courteous and kept their conversations relatively quiet, but it just kind of ruined the vibe for me. I shit you not guys, by the time the sun was up, we were tip-toeing our way around huge clusters of people.

This isn’t a place you can let your dogs roam off leash, its not a place you go if you enjoy the solitude of nature, or to hear the birds chirping at first light. Its the place you go if you want to tighten your dogs leash to pass someone every .5 seconds, watch the youngins balance on the edge of a cliff while drinking whiskey, and hear other peoples music. I swear I’m a fun person and complain about very little but man this one is just not my style.

Honestly, it was beautiful. I had such a great time with my brother, and the dogs got to be outside, sunrise was gorgeous as always. I just cannot see myself doing Rattlesnake again.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and don’t let the rain stop you from getting out there!

Live Inspired,

Mandi

Amanda Yandrasits