|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