Sunday, June 19, 2011

Anniversary weekend at Mt. St. Helens

Hiking at Coldwater Lake

Me messing up Molly's photo of the bright red Indian Paintbrush

Coldwater Lake

Water droplets on Lupin leaves
This weekend Molly and I celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary by hiking and camping near Mt. St. Helens. It has been over thirty years since the volcano violently erupted, but the eruption and resulting destruction is still very evident. Perhaps one of the most interesting facts I learned this weekend was that the landslide that took away nearly half of the mountain was the largest land slide in recorded history!

Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate. It was so foggy at the Johnston Ridge Observatory that we couldn't see anything. We enjoyed the visitors center and lack of other tourists nonetheless.  We did an out and back hike along the shores of Coldwater Lake and again found ourselves in near solitude (quite a rarity for a weekend in June). Perhaps the best part of the weekend was the camping its self. We enjoyed sitting around a camp fire away from the distractions of work and facebook, thinking about the 9 years that we have known each other and where we will be in a another four years or decade.

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