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!
Johnston Ridge Observatory:
Visualizing the blast zone:
Scores of tent caterpillars were visible along the trail. Two hitched a ride on Patrick’s hat as we went on a hike.