Visiting Mount Saint Helens in Washington State

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A few weeks ago, Jonathan and I took the girls to Washington State to visit their grandparents for the week. While in the area, we decided to drive through, and take short walk around Mount Saint Helens.

Now the last time Jonathan and I were here, was when I was meeting his parents for the first time and we were just friends. I remember having a wicked crush on him and thinking, Ya know, if he is the one, then we will most likely be visiting here again in the future.. and we might have children to take pictures of here someday!
Well, lo and behold! He is indeed the one, and I could not have begun to fathom how precious our two daughters are! While they are still far too young to really appreciate being so close to a live volcano, they still had fun running around and spending time with Grandma and Grandpa!
Once again, my good friend Wikipedia will share with you the significance of Mount Saint Helens! Ahem..

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Mount St. Helens or Louwala-Clough (known as Lawetlat’la to the indigenous Cowlitz people, and Loowit to the Klickitat) is an active stratovolcano located in Skamania County, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.
Mount St. Helens takes its English name from the British diplomat Lord St Helens, a friend of explorer George Vancouver who made a survey of the area in the late 18th century. The volcano is located in the Cascade Range and is part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc, a segment of the Pacific Ring of Fire that includes over 160 active volcanoes. This volcano is well known for its ash explosions and pyroclastic flows.
Mount St. Helens is most notorious for its major 1980 eruption, the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the United States. Fifty-seven people were killed; 250 homes, 47 bridges, 15 miles of railways, and 185 miles of highway were destroyed.
A massive debris avalanche triggered by an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale caused an eruption that reduced the elevation of the mountain’s summit from 9,677 feet to 8,363 feet, replacing it with a 1 mile wide horseshoe-shaped crater.

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The debris avalanche was up to 0.7 cubic miles in volume. The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument was created to preserve the volcano and allow for its aftermath to be scientifically studied.
As with most other volcanoes in the Cascade Range, Mount St. Helens is a large eruptive cone consisting of lava rock interlayered with ash, pumice, and other deposits. The mountain includes layers of basalt and andesite through which several domes of dacite lava have erupted. The largest of the dacite domes formed the previous summit, and off its northern flank sat the smaller Goat Rocks dome. Both were destroyed in the 1980 eruption.
What is truly trippy about visiting the region of the volcano, is seeing the forest of shattered tree stumps. Just ghostly shards of trees, bent like brittle matchsticks and being overgrown by a tangle of wildflowers. You can almost imagine what it looked like to see them being blown away… creepy!

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It was a fun visit, and it was neat to reflect on how far Jonathan and I have come since that summer seven years ago… time flies and so much can change so fast! Feeling very blessed right now!

Do you remember the 1980 volcanic eruption? Where were you when it went down? (Me, I wasn’t born yet, haha..)

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Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

49 thoughts on “Visiting Mount Saint Helens in Washington State

    • 29 September, 2016 at 4:28 pm
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      You should visit if you are ever in the area, Washington is GORGEOUS!

    • 29 September, 2016 at 4:28 pm
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      Thank you for stopping by my blog and showing some love! <3

    • 30 September, 2016 at 12:54 am
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      Yeah, it is good to get away and see the sights every now and then when you live in the city!

  • 29 September, 2016 at 7:11 pm
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    Wow, the irony of this place being absolutely gorgeous having such a tragic past; it looks heavenly! You know, your kids are going to be so well rounded and have such a love for different cultures and history, it’s amazing what you and the hubs are instilling in them at such a young age, good for you! Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have a great day!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

    • 30 September, 2016 at 1:03 am
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      Right?! It was really awe inspiring! And your comments about my girls make me so happy, that is really my greatest desire, to have my girls well rounded and to see the world! I always said I want them to be as comfortable in a forest or a cathedral or a museum! <3 Hugs!

  • 30 September, 2016 at 1:11 am
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    I wasn’t born yet either, ha ha. What a beautiful place to visit!

    • 30 September, 2016 at 3:16 am
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      We are too youuuung! lol

  • 30 September, 2016 at 3:53 am
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    What an amazing place.
    Beauty – and danger, co-existing as nature does so well.

    • 30 September, 2016 at 5:26 pm
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      It was a little unnerving being so close to the volcano, it was gently smoldering when we visited!

    • 30 September, 2016 at 5:26 pm
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      Thank you for stopping by Tessy! <3

    • 30 September, 2016 at 5:26 pm
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      Thank you, I had so much fun taking them! <3

    • 30 September, 2016 at 5:26 pm
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      Yeah, I look forward to visiting again soon in the near future!

  • 30 September, 2016 at 9:02 am
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    Wooow photos are amazing!!! I wish to visit this place one day 🙂

    • 30 September, 2016 at 5:27 pm
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      You really should! Washington State is just super gorgeous!

    • 30 September, 2016 at 5:27 pm
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      Yeah, those flowers were tangled up EVERYWHERE around the stumps.. it was gorgeous!

  • 30 September, 2016 at 10:53 am
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    Looked a wonderful list was had and enjoyed seeing all your gorgeous photos. By the way in 1980, I was only 3 years old and am truly not sure where I was during this explosion, but was most definitely alive just a lot younger 😉

    • 30 September, 2016 at 5:28 pm
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      How DARE you not remember this explosion from when you were 3?!?!? haha! Thanks for stopping by Janine! <3

    • 30 September, 2016 at 5:28 pm
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      There really were! <3

    • 30 September, 2016 at 5:28 pm
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      Right?!??! It really does boggle my brain sometimes!!

  • 30 September, 2016 at 11:51 am
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    Yes, I was old enough! I was in middle school, and it was so far away that I only remember seeing it on TV. It was pretty amazing to think that could happen in the US. It was quite devastating. So interesting to see what it looks like now… to see how things have changed and are regenerating.

    • 30 September, 2016 at 5:29 pm
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      Yeah, everywhere you look it was regeneration and rebirth.. really super awe inspiring! That is so cool that you remember it going off though!

  • 30 September, 2016 at 1:05 pm
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    So lovely! Those shattered tree stumps are kind of creepy, but cool too. I have always wanted to visit there.Thanks for sharing your trip!

    • 30 September, 2016 at 5:29 pm
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      Yeah, I took waaaaaay too many photos of those stumps.. they just fascinated me!

    • 30 September, 2016 at 5:30 pm
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      It really is!! Thanks for stopping by Lenya! <3

    • 30 September, 2016 at 5:30 pm
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      Thanks sweetie! <3 <3 <3

    • 30 September, 2016 at 5:30 pm
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      Thank you Elise!!! <3

  • 30 September, 2016 at 2:41 pm
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    Great photos, interesting place 🙂

    • 30 September, 2016 at 5:30 pm
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      It really was, I love it there!

    • 30 September, 2016 at 5:31 pm
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      Thank you for stopping by Amanda! <3 <3 <3

    • 3 October, 2016 at 3:52 pm
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      It really was! <3 <3

  • 30 September, 2016 at 8:30 pm
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    What a lovely post, I enjoyed all of your photo’s.
    Stunning scenery and also the flowers are so colourful.

    Great photo of the four of you to finish.

    As it’s the last day of September, may it be a good one for you, and all good wishes for the new month that starts tomorrow!

    All the best Jan

    • 3 October, 2016 at 3:53 pm
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      Thank you Jan, you too! We had such a wonderful trip and yes, I love our family photo here! <3

  • 3 October, 2016 at 12:29 pm
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    Oh goodness!! What a gorgeous place. I’d love to go someday. I don’t remember the eruption, but I remember hearing about it when I was old enough.

    • 3 October, 2016 at 3:53 pm
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      It is crazy to think that there are large volcanos like that in the US.. glad I wasnt around for that one haha

  • 7 October, 2016 at 7:13 pm
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    Stunning photos! Such a nice virtual getaway on a Friday afternoon! It’s sweet that revisiting brought up memories of years earlier where you could reflect on how much has changed. It’s special to revisit places. Something about being there calls up old memories and details you might have forgotten.

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