Mount Saint Helen
Trip Start Mar 15, 2006
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Today our lesson was on Mount Saint Helen and the eruption of 1980. Kelly and I were saying how we didn't remember hearing a lot when it happened. But, after visiting and seeing lots of video footage of the blast as well as how much damage was done, we have a whole new appreciation for the event. It's amazing to think that 230 sq miles were destroyed in only 3 minutes. Almost 30 years later there are still the remains of 100's of trees all over. Probably the most amazing fact is that almost all of the area effected has been restored by hand. Over 18 million seedlings were hand planted over a 2 year period and now you'd never know there was an eruption.
We spent most of the time at the "Johnston Observatory" directly across from Mt. Saint Helen. The observatory was named after a scientist who was on sight when the volcano erupted. His last words over the radio were, "Vancouver, Vancouver this is it!."
We made it back to the RV in time to cook out and throw the baseball. Kelly and I talked to the boys about how proud we were of them for being an encouragement to the neighbor, Alex. He and his Mom left this morning, but the boys played well with him while he was here. He was a little wild, but a good kid. He was hilarious when we took him hiking with us. We were coming back and he said, "Man I'm tired," and I said "I'm tired too Alex." Alex then said, "Everyone is tired accept your wife!" I thought to myself, "welcome to my world, Alex."