Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Mount St. Helen's-not a drive by

We planned this National Monument as a quick drive thru just to give the kids a chance to see what a volcanic eruption can do- we ended up spending a good part of the day in this area and at Mt. St. Helens.  On the drive in we stopped at the famous "A" frame house that is still standing but under 5 ft of mud/ash. This house is miles from the mountain so you get a sense of the magnitude of the eruption. Plus Sasquatch is here as well!
The drive to the Johnston Ridge Obsevatory Center is about 1.5 hrs but worth the diversion. The ranger talk, exhibits and theater presentation were very informative and gave us info we didn't know about the erupton so many years ago. We had some clouds, but they cleared enough for a decent view of the mountain crater.

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