On August 30th we took the grueling drive to the Windy Ridge Viewpoint at Mt. St. Helens.  Johan’s driving was impressive, especially as I clutched the side of the door and gasped every time we took a turn along the way.  It was well worth almost plumeting to our death about 3,649 times that day.  The history of Mt. St. Helens and the eruption in 1980 is fascinating, as are the stories of people who loved the mountain so much they refused to leave during the evacuations.  Eerily beautiful is the “Ghost Forest”, which is an area in the blast zone that still has hundreds of dead standing trees for miles.  37 years after the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, the forests and lakes are beginning to rebuild themselves.

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