One hike I recently did was Rattlesnake Ledge in Washington. My brother and I hiked the trail on our way back from Seattle.
It was a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon, which meant great hiking conditions; it also meant the trail was going to be hella crowded. This hike was a little longer than two miles up to the lookout and then another two miles back down (not counting the half mile from the parking lot to the trail head). The trail was shaded and cool, with overhead trees, large rocks and lush green plants. The uphill is always the hardest part, and it’s even harder when you get stuck behind slow moving groups of people. My brother and I patiently made it to the top of the trail and saw some other people way up on a higher view ledge. We decided that we wanted to adventure up there for a better view. The ledge was off of the main path and had a lot less people on it than the hikes well known, “Rattlesnake Ledge”. It was also a lot more serene because it lacked the chatty people and selfie sticks. We sat up there for a while taking in the gorgeous views. The landscape was covered with mountains and hills as far as the eye could see. Down below there was a beautiful blue lake the color of Caribbean water. Truly spectacular! I caught myself taking tons of photos and videos and had to tell myself to stop so I could absorb the breathtaking view and take some mental photos with my eyes. After our hike down, my brother and I had both worked up a sweat, but he was determined to take a dip in the fridged lake we had gazed at from above. He bravely dove head first into the freezing water and was refreshed on the drive back to Portland.
Note to self, remember to put your camera down and enjoy the actual view.