It is hard to know how to describe this hike that we went on in Wyoming with Hannah. I had hiked a few times before but never a full mountain. Usually just hills or parts of mountains. But this time I, alongside my sister, mom, sister's boyfriend and two of our dogs, hiked the entire thing and let me tell you, it. Was. Hard. I will admit to that. At times I wanted to scream and other times I just got really angy. And the more frustrating part was that I felt as though it should be easier but my body was saying "Hey Kansas, your lungs aren't used to this altitude and rock scrambling? Not really something you usually do." So I forgave myself.
It. Was. Beautiful. I am a prairie girl, myself, I love rolling hills and tall grasses. But this hike was really pretty. There were large rocks, trees, wildflowers, snowy patches and in a few places the snow melted into beautiful little streams that you could hear trickling down if you stopped huffing and puffing for air every once in a while. At the top you could see in so many directions, it was gorgeous. I am certain that I would do it again.
Though the hike was challenging and beautiful, it is mostly memorable because I got to spend some quality time with my sister. When she lives a few states away it is hard to spend time together. We were able to have our one on one sister talk for most of the way down the mountain, which was really great to have the opportunity to have. We talked about so many different things, all while she carried my dog in her backpack. Which she did the entire way up and back down. That beast.