July 10, 2009

A Shell of Its Former Self

Posted in hiking, pacific northwest, volcanoes at 1:47 pm by berzerkeleyan

A Shell of Its Former Self, originally uploaded by Out and Aboot the World.

I’ve wanted to visit Mount St. Helens ever since it exploded when I was twelve years old. This is the view from the Johnston Observatory. The park folks have done a very nice job describing the event and its aftermath. If you want to compare my photo with this volcano’s former self, go here. It was remarkable seeing firsthand the scale and totality of destruction caused by the eruption.

And so began my first hike around Mount St. Helens. It was memorable for the wrong reason.

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