Mount Saint Helens
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After leaving Mount Rainier, we headed west to Mount Saint Helens. We entered this national volcanic monument from the eastern side. This takes you on a winding road that gives various views of the devastation that is still apparent from the 1980 eruption. There are intermittent spots of dead trees flatten against the ground in directions that show how the blast wave knocked them down. The road ends at a parking lot that gives spectacular views of Spirit Lake. Portions of this lake are littered with piles of dead trees while the rest is a beautiful blue. It has been more than 20 years since that violent eruption, and the land has made a remarkable recovery for a good percentage of the area that had been completely destroyed. From this parking lot, you can hike a short but steep climb to get a better view of the caldera. It was late in the day, so the sun was setting, which made it difficult to see the volcano due to glare. I believe it is more popular to enter the monument from the west, but the two sides do not connect. You could also clearly make out Mount Rainier in the distance from this spot.