A small crowd of well-wishers gathered at Silcox Hut, high above timberline on Mt. Hood, for my brother's birthday-party. My wife could not attend, and the car would be needed early the next day, so I stayed until bedtime and caught a snow-cat ride to the car (which had 4" of fresh snow to scrape off!). The sky failed me both on arrival and departure, thwarting my plan to snowshoe to and from the hut - but skies cleared while I was there, allowing for some fine imaging opportunities. I didn't get back until after 1AM, but it was great.