The first night we hiked up to the Snowbowl hut. This place is nice! We had the whole cabin to ourselves and we had fun reading through the log book, snuggling by the stove, and chowing down on steak and asparagus. The next morning the clouds began rolling out, revealing outstanding views in all directions. We kept waiting and waiting to get a full unobstructed view of Mt Rainer. All morning we would get little glimpses of the peak or base, but never the whole mountain. Last year the only time we could see Rainer from these peaks was at night, so I was so excited this time, checking the window every 5 minutes to check if we could see her.
Around noon we finally got around to getting back on the trails, there was a little snow so we thought we would throw the skis on the Burley, it glided across the snow with ease. We were cruising so easily in fact, that we failed to notice Erik's snowshoes slide off the top of the carriage right as we were leaving the Hut. Luckily a group came up the next night and got them to the MTTA office for us. We hiked up to the high hut where we would be staying the second night. We couldn't get over the views, the whole time we just kept commenting on how this trip was the complete opposite of last year, but both trips were amazing.
The next morning we awoke to the most glorious sunrise over Mt Rainer. This was the view I had been waiting for. I went running outside in my long underwear to shoot some pics, the silence and solitude on the ridge was transcending, one of those moments you live for when you enjoy the outdoors.
We took our sweet time that morning eating breakfast, taking pictures, and cleaning up the hut, we didn't want to leave, I could have stayed another week. As we dropped down in elevation heading back to the car there was literally no snow down there. We passed people coming up with thier skiis and snowboards strapped to their backs and their gear in sleds, pulling it through the mud. They were prepared for the massive snow storm that hit right after we made it back over Snoqualime Pass. It was a glorious trip.