|This picture was taken from the outdoor dining area of the Hoffstadt Bluffs Visitor Center.|
The helipad is at the bottom of the picture. The wide gray area is the pumice remnant of the volcano.
You cannot see Mount St Helens in this picture.
|Mount St Helens is near the left edge of the photo. Snow fingers can be seen.|
|Although the day is mostly sunny, clouds linger around the top of Mount St Helens (right side of the photo).|
|Mount St Helens and Castle Lake (to the right of the mountain)|
|Wildflowers of all colors are everywhere!|
|Tree stumps can be seen all over this area. We're about 20-25 miles from the mountain itself here. |
All the trees along this area are gone.
|Another view point. Clouds linger still.|
|So many trees were just blown away or burst from the intense heat. |
Some large tree trunks stick out of the pumice soil that makes up the new landscape.
|Another view of the newly created Toutle River Valley and trees left in place where they fell.|
|We're continuing to get closer to Mount St Helens and the landscape is getting even more intense.|
|This doesn't look like anything I've ever seen.|
|More of the Mountain, the valley created by the volcanic eruption.|
|We're within a half mile of Johnston Ridge Observatory - Elevation 4,200'|
|The clouds lifted just a bit more so we can almost see the ridge.... but not quite.|
|To give some perspective, that's Wayne in the black sweater.|
- The eruption of Mount St Helens swept through the Toutle River Valley causing the largest landslide in recorded history.
- The lateral blast removed 1,306 feet from the top of the volcanic mountain.
- More than 1,000 commercial airline flights were canceled because of the ash and air debris following the blast of Mount St Helens
- Some of the north facing side of Mount St Helens slid into nearby Spirit Lake raising it by 200 feet.
- In the summer following the May 18 eruption, more than 800 truckloads of salvageable timer were retrieved every day.
- Weyerhaeuser planted 18,400,000 trees BY HAND after the eruption. It took four years to complete the project.
- Steam from the intense heat caused the bark to literally be BLOWN OFF the trees.
- From October 2004 to Jan 2008 ongoing minor eruptions have produced more than 125 million cubic meters of lava. That's enough lava to pave a three-foot thick, seven-land highway from Portland Oregon to New York City.
|Unimpressed by any of this... Just looking to stretch her legs|
|Wildflowers around Coldwater Lake|
|More Coldwater Lake|
|Still more wildflowers and still more Coldwater Lake|