Wonderful weekend! – Friends, Volcanoes and Trains

My lovely friend Nicki and her husband Ryan were in Seattle Friday night!  They live in Delaware and have been on the west coast for their honeymoon!   We went to Bamboo Garden for some dinner. We ended up sitting there and talking for four and a half hours! We then stood in the parking lot at their hotel for another hour and a half. It was so good to see Nicki again! It’s been at least four years since I had last seen her. Meeting Ryan was great too! I was happy to finally meet him after hearing Nicki talk about him for many years! They’re so cute together!

Saturday morning Eric and I left around 8am for a trip to Mt. St. Helens. Juniper was trying to be extra cute so we would stay at home and play with her.

We picked up some Mighty O donuts for the trip.

Our mascot kept watch while we drove through Mt. Rainier National Park on the way to Mt. St. Helens.


Behind that cloud in the center of the photo is Mt. Rainier.

The fog clung to the mountains near Mt. Rainier.

We accidentally missed our road and drive 20 miles before figuring it out. We had to turn around and backtrack, but we did have this view!

There’s Mt. St. Helens with a little cloud cover!

We were going to see Mt. St. Helens via Windy Ridge. On the drive to Windy Ridge you can see more of the destruction and blast zone than you can going to Mt. St. Helens on the other side. The destructive power of nature is impressive, no?

There is only one road to Windy Ridge and it JUST opened two days ago! Much time is spent fixing the roads after harsh winters in the area.

This car (barely) survived the eruption of St. Helens. This was 9 miles away from St. Helens.

It’s the end of September and the wild flowers are still blooming!

Those light colored rocks are actually pieces of pumice from the explosion at St. Helens.

Weird little stump creepin’ down the hill.

The pumice is really light! They almost feel like you’re holding a handful of marshmallows.

Today was a rare day that I actually needed sunglasses!

That giant rock is called a hummock and it was actually part of the top of Mt. St. Helens that was blasted into the sky during the eruption.

Eric was busy taking photos on his vintage cameras!

And there’s Spirit Lake! The lake now sits 200 feet higher than it did before the eruption! Crazy!

The weather was beautiful for our trip!

There are hundreds (thousands?) of logs floating in Spirit Lake from the eruption. The force of the eruption pushed the water 800 ft. up the nearby hillside taking out thousands of trees along the way before it settled down…200 feet higher than before!

Yesterday was Nation Public Lands Day!

At Windy Ridge you can walk up roughly 3 millions steps…well…361 to be exact…to have a beautiful view of Mt. St. Helens and Spirit Lake. My legs are hurting today! While I was standing by my car after the walk down I could seriously see my legs shaking. I felt like a little baby deer!

Mt. St. Helens and Spirit Lake!

On the way back home we took a small road that is literally falling to pieces. It won’t be there for many more years! The ground from the blast just continues to settle.

You can see where the blast zone stops. There are lush pine trees just outside of the blast zone line.

We hit 65,000 miles while on that rickety back road!

And any trip isn’t complete without at least one train sighting right?! This is the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad.

Fall is really here, huh?!

Good night and safe travels!

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One thought on “Wonderful weekend! – Friends, Volcanoes and Trains

  1. backpackbee

    I love your trips! How fun that you got to catch up with an old friend too. Love that!!

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