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|Ready to go.|
Along the trail we snacked on huckleberries. I would have been afraid to munch on wild berries, but our knowledgeable leaders knew which ones would be okay to eat. These were perfectly ripe and sweet. Within minutes our fingers were stained blue.
On this beautiful day we could see both Mount Adams and Mount Rainier, two volcanoes in the Cascade Mountains.
|Mount Adams on the horizon|
|The snow-capped crest of Mount Rainier peeking over the hilltops|
|Bleached remains of trees on the hillside that were mowed down |
by the volcano's blast
When I got tired or out of breath, I set a goal of walking to a certain tree or clump of flowers on the path ahead and then would stop there to catch my breath. In this way, I made it to the top.
The white area on the lake's surface is a mat of trees blown down during the volcano's eruption. (Curious? You'll find more about this HERE.)
A before-and-after photo by the U.S. Geological Survey is posted on the "PBS News Hour" website - HERE.
Thanks for going along with me on my visit to Mount St. Helens. I'll post a few more photos next Saturday.
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