Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

In mid-July, I took Patrick to Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument in Washington. Mt. St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980. It’s about a two-hour drive from Portland to the Johnston Ridge Observatory. We spent some time checking out the exhibits, seeing a film, working on a junior ranger worksheet, then we went for a hike on a trail in the area. I took some 200 photos, so I’ll share only some here but you can go here to see the rest if you wish. What a unique place to visit, to see the devastating effects of a volcanic eruption, to see trees that were knocked down by the blast remaining as such on the sides of hills, to learn about how plants and wildlife have returned to the area following the blast. Well worth the drive!

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Johnston Ridge Observatory:

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Visualizing the blast zone:

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

 

Scores of tent caterpillars were visible along the trail. Two hitched a ride on Patrick’s hat as we went on a hike.

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

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One Response to Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

  1. Loved your pictures. Nature is the best teacher for our children. Mountain Saint Helens is an emotional place for me, since I was working in the mountain the day before it erupted. Glad you took your son there to see this amazing place. Cheers

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