It all started out innocently enough. A lovely Spring hike with the Carson family. I wanted to scout a new location and Julie was kind enough to be my guide.
*** Canon 5D Mark II, 50 1.2
F 2.0, 1/6400, ISO 125
I didn’t get the petti/poodle skirt memo. Apparently, that’s what cool girls wear to go hiking. I also didn’t get the backpack memo for Brayden. Because when you go hiking with the Carsons you need to bring a backpack full of books, tambourines, and magnetic drawing boards. All standard stuff you need for hiking, right? Luckily for Brayden the Carson girls are all great sharers so he had a book to read on our little break.
F 2.0, 1/1600, ISO 125
Minutes after this picture was taken we hard our first encounter with a snake. A rattle snake. A baby rattle snake. Which, are the most dangerous. Everyone passed by it and Brayden, who was right behind me, noticed it. How we all passed it and no one got bit I will never know.
I was a bit freaked out, but we forged on. We threw some rocks in the creek. Read some more books. Drew some more pictures. And then decided to head back.
The big kids ran ahead of us. I was frantically scanning the ground the entire way back while trying to still be a cool mom and not freak my kid out and make him scared of nature. Just inches away from Julie’s foot was the daddy rattle snake. I don’t even remember what I said, or if I made a sound or what. I tried to grab Julie, but ended up grabbing Shane in the Ergo. I yanked them back as the snake recoiled and started rattling. It was close. Way too close for my liking. 3 of our kids again passed this snake. How did any of them not step on it??? I totally have PTSD from this. Kind of like the time that we got chased by a mountain lion. Or when a freak gust of wind almost killed Kennedy in the mountains earlier this year. I keep replaying it in my head over and over again.
Lesson of the day – be careful when you’re out in nature with your kids or clients. Always put safety first. A picture is so not worth anyone getting hurt.
PS I also somehow ended up with cellulitis.
I think this was all a sign that maybe I shouldn’t go hiking for awhile…