Volcano Pilgrimage

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So, what was Mt St Helens up to today on her eruption anniversary date? I took a quick trip to the National Monument area to find out. As always, I check out the Live Volcano Cam online first to see if she is visible and not covered in clouds. Lo and behold, she was putting on a little show this morning with puffs of steam. Yes, this volcano is still very hot inside and is very much alive, unbeknownst to many. I always feel that I am entering the blast zone at my own risk. I say this because the local seismologists admit that the Mt St Helens volcano is unpredictable and acts like no other volcano in the world. You might say that we here in Washington State have one big scientific experiment ongoing in our own backyard.

As expected, the Mt St Helens Johnston Ridge Observatory was quite crowded with curious tourists and those making a special pilgrimage of sorts on her anniversary. The observatory had just opened the week before for the season. The roads are clear and there is still plenty of snow piled near the end of the road to the observatory—easily 10 foot banks. Here I share with you the volcano sights along Spirit Lake Memorial Hwy and at the Johnston Ridge Observatory.

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A long time resident of Washington State, located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest USA. I am retired and enjoy regional travel, exploring all the wondrous, natural settings that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. If you get a chance, visit my Northwestphotos Zazzle store, http://www.zazzle.com/northwestphotos.
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