Mt St Helen's National Monument

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Tyler at the (closed) visitor center!

We left Mt Rainier and drove on down to Mt St Helen's, but it was after 5pm and the visitor center was closed by the time we got there. We drove up to the viewpoints, and saw a nice sunset. By the river, you could see the remains of the mudflow, or "lahar" that happened when the heat from the erupting volcano melted the snow on the mountain in an instant. In some places it was over 100 feet deep! 

We walked down the trail by the visitor center, where we saw the remains of a lot of tree stumps that were left when the trees snapped due to the blast of the volcano, when it erupted back in 1980. Clouds obscured the actual mountain. We drove up a close as we could, but by then it was getting dark. A cloud actually rolled in over us, and we couldn't see very far.

Moon over Mt St Helens
It was like being in a thick, misty fog. It was very peaceful and quiet, with no one else around.

 Once we had made our way back down the mountain, it had cleared up and we could see the moon through some hazy yellow clouds.  It was kind of spooky up there, because we were the only ones around for miles! We never saw another person or car while we were up there.  We were disappointed that we never got a clear look at the actual volcano, due to the clouds, but we still had some great views. We drove to a campground that was closed by the time we got there, so we just picked an empty spot and set up.  Tyler had fallen asleep already, so we just let him sleep in the truck.

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Tyler at the (closed) visitor cent…
Tyler at the (closed) visitor cen…
Moon over Mt St Helens
Moon over Mt St Helens
stumps left after the volcano erup…
stumps left after the volcano eru…
Sunset at St Helens
Sunset at St Helens
lake by Mt St Helens
lake by Mt St Helens
mudflow left over from the last er…
mudflow left over from the last e…
in some places the mud was more th…
in some places the mud was more t…
Tyler at the overlook
Tyler at the overlook
cloudy in the mountains
cloudy in the mountains
sunset through the clouds
sunset through the clouds
fog rolling in
fog rolling in
THICK fog rolled in...cant see th…
THICK fog rolled in...can't see t…
The dark and the fog makes it look…
The dark and the fog makes it loo…
...so Ty and Dawn act like goofbal…
...so Ty and Dawn act like goofba…
ITS GONNA BLOW!
IT'S GONNA BLOW!
Tyler protects himself from fall…
Tyler "protects" himself from fal…
It was very dark and spooky...we w…
It was very dark and spooky...we …
Once below the clouds, the moon ca…
Once below the clouds, the moon c…
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