Today's snapshots are from the Johnston Ridge Observatory in the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. First, we saw an informative video and exhibits about the volcano's 1980 eruption and the devastating aftermath. Scientists are observing the mountain's renewal without interfering in any way... a case of letting Nature take its course.
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These panels tell the stories of some of the casualties, as well as the survivors.
It's hard to believe much of this barren area was once a thriving, old-growth forest.
The top of Mount St. Helens was obscured by clouds when we visited the observatory. However, the destruction caused by the eruption is evident.
Now, thirty-eight years after the eruption, weathered tree-sized logs provide proof of the strength of the blast. Some had rocks embedded in them.
A few women from our group took a short hike in the Mount Margaret Back Country area.
The clouds lifted the next day and we got a good look at Mount St. Helens and Spirit Lake from the Norway Pass Trail. I'll post those photos and more in the coming weeks.
Thanks for stopping by!
Links to more info:
Johnston Ridge Observatory
Johnston Ridge Observatory - Fees, etc.
Mount St. Helens Hikes
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