Monday, August 10, 2015

This is for Jess

Since returning to Albuquerque we try to have as many family adventures as possible...and our official family definition of an adventure is something that's "a little bit exciting and a little bit scary".

One of our favorite activities is hiking in the Sandia foothills.  The other day we were out hiking and came across a scary scene.

I've wanted to see a rattlesnake in the wild since I started hiking the Sandias in 2011.  How lucky I was to have my whole family with me when we came across this mammoth snake in the middle of a meal!  The downside is that it puts you between a rock and a hard place: here you are with this amazing snake that you've always wanted to "play with" in the wild, however, you've got your two young boys watching your every move, and actions speak louder than words.

So you have to compromise.

"Emmett, that's a dangerous snake.  If you ever come across a snake like this, stay far, far away from it.  Whatever you do, never, EVER do this, and never do this, and never try this."

After a few minutes you realize your four-year-old is getting confused by your contradictory behavior.  So you decide to send him further up the trail with your wife while you stay behind to make sure the "snake doesn't follow you".

Alright, enough of my parenting advice for one post.

I would post a second video but it might be a little incriminating.  Suffice it to say that the snake's rattle does work...which allows me to rest easy knowing that other hikers will receive an acoustic warning if they get too close to this deadly beast ;)

Unfortunately, in the process of making that discovery I may have painted a target on myself for this particular rattlesnake...the hiker with the large backpack, white hat, and cheesy grin.

Clayton was all laughs and giggles the entire time.

Emmett, not so much.  I believe he wound up sleeping in our bed that night.  So I got what was coming to me...from Emmett, at least.  The rattlesnake may get his chance another day.