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Ghost Trees

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One of my east coast friends was visiting earlier this summer.  We spent one day visiting the eastern side of Mount St. Helens....an area of the volcano that I hadn't visited until that day.  Whew! There's a road that reaches very close to the crater called Windy Ridge ("windy" as in wind blowing -- and it definitely was blowing!), but the switchbacks in the road to get there left us questioning if it's really "windy" as in "a windy road".  In addition, there were many parts of this narrow windy road that were slowly sliding over the sheer cliffs.  I was literally driving on the other side of the road for most of the journey back down the windy road.  

Nevertheless, this long, but scenic 3-hour trek each way proved itself worthy with the vistas. We had glimpses of mountains Rainier, Adams, and Hood along the way.  Much evidence still remains of the 1980 eruption, but it seemed to be more green and filled with more regrowth than the northern side of the mountain.  It was nothing short of spectacular to say the least, but I would like to camp in the area the next time and explore some more.

 

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Windy Ridge

Mount St. Helens is one of my favorite spots in the area...specifically the south side.  Today was my first visit to Windy Ridge, which is the closest you can get to the crater by road. 

The road is called Windy Ridge....like the weather, but the road also snaked along with many switchbacks so my friend and I debated where the name really originated.  In many spots, one side of the road was crumbling into nowhere, which forced us to drive on the other side of the road.  I've been on some snaking roads that left my stomach a bit weary in the past, but this was another experience.  The trip to get there and back from Portland was quite long (3 hours each way) for a day trip.

There were many sights that I had not yet seen on Mount St. Helens including this stand of "ghost trees" that still remain standing from the 1980 eruption. It was an eerie, beautiful sight!

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Blender

I've been experimenting with an iPhone app called Blender that allows you to combine multiple images into a montage.  I've created a few, but this is the best so far...

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