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Sep 3, 2013 - Mount St. Helen's

Mount St. Helen's today. I was 7 when it erupted, and I don't remember anything about it. Remarkable that only 57 people died. Two of the visitor centers had very powerful movies showing the massive avalanche, the actual lateral explosion, and then the aftermath of the mudslides. An amazing sight. The weather was great, except the St. Helen did not want to show her peak. :( Did get to see the side of the explosion though. The entire landscape was changed by this eruption. The drive through the park was so pretty. I was amazed by the noble...

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Oct 8, 2010 - Dunnigan, CA to Virginia City, NV

We got out on the road by about 9:45am today, and enjoyed the drive and the scenery. Took lots of pictures. We have been this way years ago - more than 20 ~ there was still a little snow on the mountain tops. We did well, until we got just past Reno, and got on rt 341 or better known as Gieger Grade! We made it to 1.2 miles from our destination in Virginia City, NV and the truck started making some horrific grinding sounds!!! Gene pulled over and we called a tow truck. Fortunately Gene had gotten a towing insurance policy before we left....

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Jul 6, 2010 - Mount St. Helens, WA

Today, we moved camp up to Washington. AS soon as we got the trailer parked and lunch out of the way, we drove the 45 odd miles further down the road to visit Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. The mountain is most remembered for its catastrophic explosion that occurred on May 19, 1980. The north side of the mountain started bulging and then collapsed after some earthquake activity. Then the magma that had built up in the mountain erupted. The flow from the burst flattened an area over 230 square miles. Old growth forests were...

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Jul 28, 2009 - Mount St. Helens

It’s still hot in Vancouver. Today we decided to get out of town and head for the mountain. Jeff and I visited Johnson Ridge a few years ago. It is the ridge where an observer, Johnson, radioed the beginning of the eruption and then died as the ridge was enveloped. Today there is an information center and observation area at the site. We took Arnie with us in the hope that he would be able to find cooler weather and some hiking space. But, when we got to the Ridge we found severe restrictions on where dogs could walk and the temperatures...

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May 17, 2008 - Mount St. Helens, WA

Today we headed to Mt. St. Helens. It was about 50 miles from our RV Park in Castle Rock to the Johnston Ridge Observatory, which is the viewpoint closest to the volcano (other than the rim trail hike). We drove straight to the Observatory for awesome views inside the crater. There is still a significant amount of snow cover, so we couldn’t even think about hiking the rim trail. We watched an interesting video about the eruption. We could also see that the volcano is still active and that there is a new dome forming in the center of the...

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