The three day weekend was so lovely and needed around here. Friday we set off for Mt. Saint Helen's as I was hoping to and it was completely spellbinding. I don't even have words for it. It is simply awe inspiring. If you look one direction it looks like the northwest - trees and green and foliage everywhere, as far as the eye can see. But the path of volcano eruption looks like it belongs in an entirely different place. Maybe Africa or Arizona or the Badlands.
I am old enough to remember when Mt. Saint Helen's erupted, though I was pretty little and in Idaho at the time, I still recall it well. I was so excited to see it snowing outside in the middle of a warm May day. But when my mom firmly pulled me back inside and pointed her finger for me to sit on the couch and not move while everyone geared up to go investigate by putting nylons on their face I kind of figured maybe it wasn't snow. This trip we went to the North side of the mountain where you can view the crater. I haven't been there since I was a kid but I remember how mesmerized I was by it and I thought my kids would like this area as well (also the north side is a great place to visit for everyone - it's easy for little ones and the main paths are paved so those who aren't able to hike can still get the full experience.). I was hoping to visit a few other spots that I went to the last time I was there, but I learned that from Portland you can really only visit one side of the mountain if you are making day trips. So now I have a reason to go back to see all the other places I missed this trip.
I am feeling much, much better than last week but that cold really kicked my ass, and I have been crazy exhausted all weekend. I even slept in twice and took a nap and never do either of these things. I somewhere along the way adopted the "i'll sleep when i am dead" mentality which I am sure if you would have told teenage me would have happened I would have folded my arms and said 'never. i don't believe that.' So I gave in and listened to my body and spent most of the weekend laying on my couch. With that said I am going to have do at least one more post to share some more photos because I haven't gone through them all, and truthfully, I could spend all day looking at this mountain. How was your weekend?