On a whim, took a trip up to Mt. Saint Helens the second weekend of October, 2017. Even though it had snowed up there on Friday and there was still ice on the road and sidewalk in shady areas, mid-day promised to be spectacular! Sixty degrees, clear and calm with gorgeous views of the mountain. Caught a geologist's presentation out on the veranda of the days and hours leading up to the 1980 eruption. Then, watched the film on the natural recovery of the area over the past few decades. To get a closer look, hiked the Hummocks Trail Loop on the way back down. A two and half mile trail through the debris mounds, ponds and alder groves that originally constituted the top portions of the mountain. Nice day! (Oh, and Johnston Ridge as real flush toilets!)
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