Last weekend we trekked out to Mt. St. Helens for a camping/hiking trip with a few of Kelly's coworkers. We hiked an arrid, scrubby trail through the blast zone, and the next day hiked through the lush forests unaffected by the eruption. It was interesting to see the contrasts in the landscape, even 26 years later.
The mountain is smoking again, and rumbles have been heard from within it. Many of the trails are closed to hikers, and warnings were posted for rock and mountian climbers to "climb at your own risk." They are concerned there might be another eruption soon...
See the smoke?
Mt. St. Helens on the right; Mt. Rainier on the left (the small white mound in the distance).