“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life. Awakening from the stupefying effects of the vice of over-industry and the deadly apathy of luxury, they are trying as best they can to mix and enrich their own little ongoings with those of Nature, and to get rid of rust and disease.” — John Muir (1838-1914)
The serenity of the forest. Photo from The Outdoor Project. Click the image for more information.
These thoughts are over 100 years old when the human population of the world was about 1/4 of what it is today… We need to take heed of these thoughts more than ever.
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.