Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens | Get Inspired Everyday!

Mount St. Helens | Get Inspired Everyday!

The massive destruction that surrounds Mount St. Helens is both stunning and breathtaking. There’s a surreal beauty to this mountain and the surrounding landscape.  Mount St. Helens has erupted more times in the last 4,000 years than any other volcano in the Cascade Range. The eruption in 1980 was devastating for many in the surrounding area. The mountain blew a cloud of ash 15 miles into the sky, and the subsequent eruptions carved a new landscape. I didn’t know this but Mount St. Helens has continued to erupt right up until 2008!

Mount St. Helens | Get Inspired Everyday!

There are several hikes in the area and the visitors’ center is really great. Sometimes tourist-y stuff can be kinda boring, but we really enjoyed the facts and movie they have. Getting to know the facts of the 1980 eruption really puts things into perspective on the incredible power behind a volcano blast. I’ve never really seen massive destruction like this before. We saw Mount Pelée in Martinique a few years back, but the surrounding area had recovered. You can see the wreckage in their museum, but the landscape is marked mostly by beautiful black sand beaches.

Mount St. Helens | Get Inspired Everyday!

Mount St. Helens | Get Inspired Everyday!

Mount St. Helens | Get Inspired Everyday!

Mount St. Helens | Get Inspired Everyday!

Mount St. Helens | Get Inspired Everyday!

I couldn’t resist posting a few pictures of the waterfalls just outside of Portland. I didn’t have room for them last week but the area deserves some recognition.

Mount St. Helens | Get Inspired Everyday!

Columbia River Gorge forms a border between Washington and Oregon. The interstate #84 highway runs alongside of it and the scenery is gorgeous. It is on this highway that several waterfalls are located including the more famous Multnomah Falls.

Mount St. Helens | Get Inspired Everyday!

Mount St. Helens | Get Inspired Everyday!

Mount St. Helens | Get Inspired Everyday!

Mount St. Helens | Get Inspired Everyday!

It’s really beautiful through this area and I would highly recommend taking the Historic Columbia River Highway on your way in or out of Portland. It takes you up to the Vista House, which gives you great views of the Columbia River Gorge.

Mount St. Helens | Get Inspired Everyday!

See you next week for Mount Rainier!

One Comment on ““Mount St. Helens”

  1. mountain girl heidi

    I always loved looking at the books my parents had about the eruption. It seemed so crazy to me, all the damage and destruction. They have a little container with ash from the eruption, since they lived in Oregon at the time. I always loved geology.

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