But the view was beautiful. Clouds filled the huge crater from one side to another with the color of the rising sun in the distance.
At one point the clouds retreated enough that we could see down into the crater. It's a huge area, big enough to hold the Manhattan, with 27 miles of trails through it. But then the clouds came back again and spilled over the top, enveloping us all in fog.
By the time the sun finally rose it was behind a fog bank so it wasn't as spectacular as we had hoped. By then we'd been standing around in the freezing wind for about forty minutes so we headed back down the mountain...
Then down we went to the warm beaches. No need for our scarves and toques for the rest of the trip.