Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Mt. St. Helens

Mt. St. Helens (Washington) 
I finally made it all the way up to see Mt. St. Helens last week. On a clear day, you can see it from various locations around Vancouver (and Portland for that matter). It is about a 1 hour drive from our house, located slightly to the northeast. It is still an active volcano, which is a bit frightening when you think about it. Or I could worry about North Korea's missiles reaching us. Danger lurks all about. I think I will just enjoy the incredible beauty this region has to offer and try not to dwell on the unpleasantness.

Mt. St. Helens (Washington)
This is a view from a Visitor's Center located just off I-5 in Castle Rock, about 45 miles from Mt. St. Helens.

Mt. St. Helens (Washington)
Along the drive up the mountain, there are lots of places to pull over and see great views.


Mt. St. Helens (Washington)
The area has abundant wildflowers.


Mt. St. Helens (Washington)
A native Penstemon

Mt. St. Helens (Washington)
When Mt. St. Helens erupted in 1980, it resulted in mass destruction, eliminating entire lakes and totally reconstructed the landscape. It is a fascinating story. The Visitor's Center is filled with artifacts and exhibits that illustrate the event. It is a "must-see" if you are visiting the area.

Mt. St. Helens (Washington)
Evidence of the big event are everywhere.
Mt. St. Helens (Washington)


Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

7 comments:

  1. Beautiful scenery! Thank you for sharing

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  2. What a beautiful area. That penstemon is sweet. Such a pretty color.

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  3. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. You got some beautiful shots of this fascinating area.

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  5. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful place, it's a treat to see it

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  6. Great shots. All the empty area with wildflowers was forest before the eruption. The land is healing slowly--the ash must be hundreds of feet deep in some places.

    Still, it's beautiful!

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