Mount Washburn, Yellowstone National Park🌲
This hike was working against me the whole way, but all the effort was definitely worth the views! At the peak you could see the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, the rolling hills of Hayden Valley, and mountains covered in snow as far as the eye could see.
Our whole stay in YNP was fairly windy, but this was the windiest day by far. The trail is exposed, and I was basically wearing a sail with Henry in the pack and his sunshade up. On what seemed to be a nice gradual incline to the fire lookout, my thighs were burning. I was fighting the wind like none other. It was exhausting. We saw marmots, big horned sheep, and the prettiest wildflowers in all of Yellowstone! We had the high afternoon sun pouring down on us, but it wasn't too bad because of the breeze, but the breeze was so hard it made the hike a real workout- too many catch 22s there. We made it to the look out tower and stopped inside, so Henry could run around without getting blown off the mountain (it was genuinely that windy, took us both to open the door). Cracked a beer, ate a clif bar, and chatted it up with a guy from Costa Rica for almost an hour! He had all the deets on every National Park in America and loaded us up with all the tips! This picture is on our way back down the mountain, and I felt hella accomplished.
Today, I made Henry peanut butter playdoh. When we were kids, my sister, my cousin, Taylor, and I would spend the summers at my Grandma's house❤️ She would make us peanut butter playdoh. You get to play, and you get a snack. *Win-Win* I made it for Henry for the first time today! He was in high heaven. He formed snakes, balls, 'tar (guitar), girl, and planes all with his PBplaydoh. We also covered the table in powdered sugar, so Henry made it "snow" on everything he created too. The rest of the day was spent outside, of course, because who's gonna pass up this weather? 80s & sunny- I'll take that every day of the year! Whoop!