Our second week on the Portland area was primarily spent north of the Columbia River in Washington State. Battle Ground, Vancouver, and a trip to Mount St Helen’s. Although it was hot and dry most of the time, it was a relief after spending months in the Southwest on archaeological excavations.
These photos are not the best, but do capture some of the beauty of the area around Mount St Helen’s.
The dirty snow on the mountain in the distance.
It was a hot and windy day for the ridge-line trail but still a great little trek.
The mountain, as seen from the northwest. The enormous crater is from the most recent eruption.
Wildflowers are reclaiming the ashy landscape.
A new lake was formed from the eruption. A beautiful place to spend an afternoon.
Geology, geomorphology, and biological reclamation in action everywhere you look.