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Mt. St. Helens

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Hello again!  Due to the flu and a bout bronchitis, I am little behind on postings.  Now that I am back on track, I hope the next few posts were worth the wait!

The mister and I ventured South to Mount St. Helens last weekend.  The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument is about a three-hour drive from Seattle and the landscape is unbelievable.  There are so many options for exploring this "slumbering giant" ranging from short day hikes, backcountry hiking, or just a quick stop at the Johnston Ridge Observatory.  The latter was our choice and it did not disappoint.  It was a gorgeous day to explore and take in the rich geological history of this spectacular mountain. 

On May 18, 1980 Mount St. Helens erupted and forever changed the scenic landscape of the Cascade Mountain Range.  It was the deadliest eruption the U.S. had ever seen.  The blast was so powerful, it leveled everything within a 200 mile radius and spread a blanket of ash as far as Montana.  It's been 35 years ago to this day and the devastation is still hauntingly apparent.   The once majestic dome has been replaced by a mile wide crater.  Climbers can reach the rim of the volcano through varying routes on the South side of the mountain, which offers a first hand view of the ever-changing interior. Though it is not without risk, a goal of mine is to hopefully summit this beauty one day.   

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