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Monday, October 13, 2014





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? 

13 comments:

  1. Holy hell, was not aware that the path of the volcano eruption still looked like that. This is on my list of things to see / do the next time I'm up there. Speaking of feeling wiped out, I'm definitely feeling that way as well... maybe it's a seasonal thing for me? I'm not sure. But yeah, serious case of fatigue

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  2. WOW. I can't get over that the path of the volcano still looks like that. Stunning. I'd love to see it. And I'm still yearning for mountains. We might eeek out a day trip. Your memories of that event remind me of my memories of Three Mile Island. I'm glad you're on the mend, even if your progress is slow. I feel much the same way about naps... in fact if I'm taking one, it's a sign I'm not well, and I've been taking a lot lately.

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  3. This looks beautiful, Christine. It's wonderful that you took a day to spend some time in nature, it's sometimes so much needed.

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  4. ah! i can almost feel that fresh mountain air in my lungs. i'm sure it did you well to get some of that and i'm glad you got the extra rest in too! it's so good to listen to the body. keep taking care! xo

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  5. Wow! You aren't kidding about how amazing it is. Wow! Gotta go soon!

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  6. amazing pics. you should definitely go more often. I'm fascinated by volcanic landscapes too. I remember visiting Tenerife and Lanzarote and being totally in awe by the volcanic parts of the islands...

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  7. Unbelievable. You could be on another planet or something. What a striking landscape! Thank you for going and for sharing these, I really couldn't have imagined what it looked like. I mean, I could have, but it would have fallen so short of how beautiful it is in real life. xo

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  8. sounds like a lovely and relaxing weekend. i agree with erin, the mountains look like another planet. so incredible! so glad you are feeling better. xo

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  9. I hope you are feeling better Christine. It is so nice to just give in and take care of your body and take the rest/sleep you need...maybe this weekend I will do that! Your photos of these mountains are just beautiful and I love that you wrote about your memory of St. Helen's erupting.

    xo Mary Jo

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  10. So glad you are feeling better. It must have been a doozy of a flu bug to knock you out like that. Your photos are as you describe the setting, spellbinding. The texture of those mountains... it's like being on the moon!

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