Our saving grace was that it was an absolutely beautiful day, so even though I hate being cold, it was hard to be cranky. As we were making our way back to the main trail it was shocking to me how totally different everything looked, and it was actually even more difficult to stay on the right path. I'm glad I wanted to take a picture of the sign I had misread when we came in, because it reminded us that we needed to "turn" in order to do the loop. Otherwise I bet we would have just kept going back the way we came, and it would have been such a shame to miss the upcoming views.
So we went back up that steep hill we took a detour on the day before, but this time we kept going...up...and up. I must say, I greatly prefer going down, but the great thing about going up is getting to the top of something, and this was no exception. Behind us was Goat Mountain (I think :)
and in front was Mt. Shuksan (pretty sure),
and let me tell you, if I knew how to yodel that was the time to do it. (Mel, your Dutch...where was the yodeling?) Now we would be starting the decent, (hooray!) but there was one problem. Where did the trail go? Being at the top, we could see where we were supposed to end up, but with no obvious way as to how to get there. We considered just scrambling down the rocks (it didn't look like it would be that hard) but decided to actually break out the map instead. Using the map to locate the trail...what a novel idea!
Yes, now we could see the trail was to our left, carved into the side of the mountain...way over there...and it looked boring and unsightly. Hummm...maybe just scrambling down would be faster, and more exciting. But remembering the "Mr. Short Cut Bones Man" (see "Not Just Whistling Dixie" blog) we decided to make our way to the real trail, and once we got there we were SO glad we did. Looking over to where we had been, we now could see how terribly steep and treacherous it was and realized what a bad idea trying to go down that way would have been. (plus the real trail was amazingly beautiful--you just couldn't tell from such a distance)