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Mt. Saint Helens

Mt. Saint Helens

Mt. Saint Helens

Coldwater Lake

Behind the Movie Screen

5 Elk

Today we visited Mt. Saint Helens National Monument. It was great. They get you really close to the mountain.

We stopped at the Forest Learning Center and learned about the logging and milling of timber. Some of the land around Mt. Saint Helens is owned by Weyerhaeuser. The volcanic eruption destroyed 63,000 acres of their tree farm. So after the dust settled, they were very instrumental in replanting the forests.

The ride up to the Observatory has many views of Mt. Saint Helens. At the Observatory (the last stop on the tour) they show an intense, in-your-face movie about the eruption. After the movie, the large screen lifts, then the curtains behind are raised and you are presented with a wall of windows and a great view of the volcano. So cool.

We also saw 5 elk grazing. Look closely at the center of the photo.

The thermometer in the car registered 103 degrees. I checked the weather back home and it was 76. What's wrong with this picture?

Today there was a nude bike ride in Portland with 10,000 people participating. If that doesn't give you nightmares, I don't know what will.

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