The blue and yellow stars show some of the major places we visited around the mountain.
Mount Saint Helens Map
Hannah at our campsite (#64) at Seaquest State Park.
Campsite (#64) at Seaquest State Park
View up the Toutle river from the Mt St Helens Forest Learning Center towards Mount Saint Helens whose peak is covered in clouds in the background.
Mount Saint Helens from the Mt St Helens Forest Learning Center
Hannah with a telescope at the Mt St Helens Forest Learning Center
View west down the Toutle river from the Mt St Helens Forest Learning Center.
Hannah at the Mt St Helens Forest Learning Center.
Mount Saint Helens from the Elk Rock viewpoint.
Hannah with Mount Saint Helens in the background at the Elk Rock Viewpoint.
Mount Saint Helens from the Elk Rock Viewpoint.
Lupine flowers at the Johnston Ridge Observatory
Indian Paintbrush at the Johnston Ridge Observatory
Diorama inside the Johnston Ridge Observatory that used lights to illustrate where various aspects of the eruption hit.
Mount Saint Helens from the Johnston Ridge Observatory.
Panoramic view of Mount Saint Helens and the surrounding area from the Johnston Ridge Observatory.
Hannah at the Johnston Ridge Observatory
Indian Paintbrush flowers near the Johnston Ridge Observatory
Scenery at Johnston Ridge. Note all of the fallen trees on the distant ridge. These were victims of the blast from the eruption. Given that Mount Saint Helens is in the opposite direction, Johnston Ridge obviously was hit hard.
View of the Johnstron Ridge Observatory.
Hannah learning about various animals (skulls, models of scat and some pelts and beaver chewed logs) from a park ranger.
Mount Saint Helens from Johnston Ridge
View towards Spirit Lake from Johnston Ridge
Johnston Ridge scenery. While it looks arid, this area isn't. That's the result of the eruption. This would normally be covered in dense, lush forest.
Johnston Ridge scenery.
Mount Saint Helens from Johnston Ridge.
Hannah at Johnston Ridge. The thing she's leaning on points out surrounding landmarks and distances.
Parking lot for the Johnston Ridge Observatory.
Hannah at Johnston Ridge.
Hannah at Johnston Ridge
Display showing before and after of the eruption.
Scenery "behind" Johnston Ridge. The more barren hills are covered in the remains of fallen trees...all pointed in the same direction: away from Mount Saint Helens. I assume that the valley has more growth because it was moderately more sheletered.
Memorial listing all those who died in the eruption...and a chipmunk by the drain hole in the center.
Hannah resting during a short hike along Johnston Ridge