Late in the afternoon, my friend and I made the long drive to Upper Sardine Lake. We took fire roads as far was we could, until my car got stuck on the icy road. We set up camp for the night, and the temperature dropped far below zero. The water of my Hydroflask even froze. In the morning, we walked the banks of the lake, the ice cracking and whirring. As dawn broke, the clouds behind the peaks caught the sun, for only a minute before it was gone. We stayed until late morning, when we hiked back to the car and drove back home.