The original steep climb made for an awesome butt slide down in the snow. We had a blast running down in the deep powder, then after getting some speed jumping to our butts and sliding most of the way. It was SO FUN and there were only a few scary encounters with trees. By the time we got back to the meadow and took off our snowshoes it was dark, but the snow relfected enough light that we could still see pretty well the rest of the way down. I was the only sissy one who used a headlamp coming down the Y portion of the trail. My pregnancy balance is pretty bad! It was gorgeous coming down that snowy mountain in the dark with the city lights glittering off of the lake and the mountain.
We were late to the cousin burro party, but since Erik made his awesome mint chocolate cake, they forgave us, I think. Amazing finish to a physically challenging day. Nothing works up a bean burro appetite like snowshoeing.
If anyone is interested in the details of this hike, and how to find the trailhead, etc, here are some links: