Mount St. Helens-
Mount St. Helens National Monument Travel Blog› entry 132 of 167 › view all entries
I got on video when the Ranger told us that the volcano "has been very active lately and could go at any minute." Yikes! We could see climbers on the edge of the crater through a telescope in the center, so an eruption must not have been too imminent.
The entire Visitor’s Center was extremely interesting.
One fascinating example of Darwinism happened in 2004 when the crater appeared to be ready to erupt - hordes of people ran TO the volcano. Hello?! I'll suggest we run *away* from an eruption!
The Johnston Visitor's Center was extremely interesting and we could have spent much longer than we did, but after several hours we pulled ourselves on down the mountain to a few other visitor’s centers.
We did learn that the Windy Ridge (eastern) entrance was normally opened around July 4th, but after a late snow they got the road crews up there on July 10th to open it, only to find that 3/4ths of the road was missing in one section.
Also, the first visitor's center at Mile Marker 5 was closed recently due to Federal downsizing of funds, but the WA State picked it up and they now specialize in cultural aspects of the area. We wanted to learn more of the survival stories, but lack of time and additional entrance fees meant we settled for our postcard purchase and headed onward.
The Coldwater Visitor's Center was also recently closed due to lack of Federal funding. The Hallstadt (?) Visitor's Center is really a sales office for services and souvenirs and they were going to be closing this month, I believe, for renovation and contract dispute.
But we did get to stop at the Weyerhaeuser’s
While there, we met two brothers (in their 60's) from
So our "quick trip" to the National Monument took all day, but we thoroughly enjoyed learning all about it.
More on today in the next post (that will keep the map straight)...