On May 18, 1980, Mt. St. Helens erupted, destroying everything north for miles and miles. Obliterating old-growth forests. Causing the largest recorded landside in history. Transforming the then 9,677 foot volcano into a shadow of its former glory (removing a scant 1,314 feet off the top). Spewing ash into the atmosphere, before raining down like a blizzard in 11 states. Killing 57 people. Sprouting baby volcanos (called Hummocks) out of the fiery earth. The desolation was complete.
But 33 years has a way of bringing about transformation. Nature cannot be denied. Wildflowers show no mercy.
It was in this explosion of wildflowers, new trees and green poking out of the once desolated moonscape, that I found myself and two others hiking along the Boundary and Truman Trails towards the Spirit Lake viewpoint. Words end here.
Watch out for the wildflowers.
# These three photos courtesy of Stephanie Zito.