The original intent was to go down a saddle and over the next ridge before descending to Barlow Ridge but with the deep snow, we decided to make it shorter and head straight down. The fluffy snow made it for a very quick downhill which is always the highlight of the adventure. Finally, we got the Barlow Ridge and at the very last jump to it, I landed on a hole which I pointed out to all behind me. Still Val fell thru another hole that trapped her snowshoe. With the inertia of the fall, not only the snowshoe was left behind but the boot and the sock. After a short rescue mission, we were able to pull the snowshoe from the trap and continued on Barlow Ridge with the magnificent view of Mt Hood in front of us. Once we got down to the junction with Mineral Jane and made the turn to head back to the parking lot is when the second part of the reward came in. I noticed on the side huge ice crystals on the tree limbs. Looking closely, we realized that, with the cold temperatures of the last couple of days, the top layer of snow had crystalized forming tiny crystals around everything. Rocks, trees and limbs were covered in tiny crystals like I’ve never seen before.
We spent quite a bit of time admiring the beauty and taking pictures before continuing towards the parking area. It was a splendid day
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