All Around Oregon and Washington
"Mount St. Helens is an active stratovolcano located in Skamania County, Washington. It is 96 miles south of Seattle, Washington, and 50 miles northeast of Portland, Oregon. "
Thanks, Wikipidia. I visited this giant wonder of nature in July of 2017. It was a day trip, as I live in Portland. The drive was pleasant and sight-filled. The road signs are easy to read, and I didn't really need my map!
There were three visitors centers that I stopped at. The first along the way was the Seaquest Visitors Center. The admission was $5 for adults, and included a short film. The building and surrounding area are worth a stop and look, even if you don't want to spend the $5. The movie is informative and prepares you for what you are about to see.
The second stop, Forest Learning Center, is... closed on Wednesdays, and that's when I went. The gift shop was open so i made myself a pressed penny and moved on. Great ridge to stand and see your first full view of the volcano!
Arriving at the Johnston Ridge Observatory seemed uneventful, until I parked the car, walked up a curvy path, and suddenly the giant Mount St. Helens was right in front of me. Since I was paying attention to the short film I saw at the first stop, I realized that I was indeed on the side of the eruption, the side that if it were to erupt again, we would all be toast. Neat!
There was an $8 admission fee to the inside of the observatory, and there is a very good 20 minute movie, with a great reveal at the end. In the display area, lots more information on the people that died during the natural catastrophe, and fun geological facts!
Please enjoy my pictures, but I do recommend you take this trip and go take your own!
PS: look for the STEAM that is coming out of the volcano!