Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Mt. St. Helens Exploration- September 2014

 It was National Park Fee Free Day!  We took our friend Celebrity to see Mt. St. Helens for the first time and hike along the Johnson Ridge trail.  Analise had just turned two years old.
Gil came along this time to enjoy this natural wonder.
There were a few clouds but overlooking the mountain was beautiful.
Overlooking the area where mud and lava flowed.
Taking a bench break to take in the view.
Gil took a turn with the heavy pack.
We enjoyed the first course of lunch.
Amy was sure to point out all the posts to let us know we were on the right track.
We enjoyed the view into the crater.
There is a little bit of permanent snow and an ever changing lava dome.
We spent some time enjoying the view.
Spirit Lake loomed large below us.
The log jam was cool!
Analise got to wiggle just a little but was mostly confined to the backpack.
The crater and lava dome is so fascinating.
The clouds swirled around us and the mountain.
It was easy to imagine the canyon full of lava, mud, and ash.
Analise recruited Celebrity to help with her rock collection.
We watched the eruption movie and continue to be amazed by the power and destruction of volcanoes.

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