Mount St. Helens, Washington

We finally made it out to Mount St. Helens yesterday and were not disappointed in the slightest. On May 18th, 1980 an earthquake triggered an eruption here that devastated over 250 square miles of natural habitat. Today, the effects of the blast can still be clearly seen. Trees are scarce and animal life is few and far between. The snapped and upturned trunks of giant trees serve as a stark reminder of the violent eruption that took place here 37 years ago. It is such a unique landscape that is a must see if you are in the area.

Hiking around the base of the mountain almost felt like another planet. Between small patches of trees, shrubs and rocky outcroppings were these swamp like areas filled with water that look near black. And, as a plus, showing up right before the main areas of the park opened up meant that we virtually had the place to our selves. Couldn’t ask for a better day.

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North Face of Mount St. Helens

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