“…the most luxuriant and the most extravagantly beautiful of all the alpine gardens I ever beheld in all my mountain-top wanderings.” – John Muir, conservationist, 1889
We camped at Paradise Thousand Trails and drove into Mt Rainier National Park. I found a few fun facts about Mt Rainier. Mt Rainier is considered an active volcano. It last erupted in 1894. The first female to reach to summit was Fay Fuller in 1890. I saw men and women with wilderness hiking gear ready to brave this mountain. Mt Rainier is an impressive sight.
Kevin and I braved the Myrtle Falls Trail. On this trail the Summer wildflowers were blooming. The trees were green. The hikers were friendly. It was a beautiful morning.
The trail to Myrtle Falls is beautiful. The Summer wildflowers were everywhere. I had a good time trying to identify them. This trail made it easier because it has the name and a picture of the flower along the trail.
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
I remember hearing about the Mount St. Helens eruption. It shocked me that an active volcano was in America. I’ve since found out that active volcanos are very much in America.
Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980. A 5.1 earthquake marked the start of the eruption. Kevin and I drove to the Johnston Ridge Observatory to better understand what happened here.
Mount St. Helens is another geological wonder for me. My last geological wonder was in Yosemite, California. Half dome and El Capitan are spectacular. Looking at pictures of before and after the blast was an eye opener. The whole North side looks craved in after the eruption. The miracle is that new growth is all around at Mount St. Helens.
We hiked the Hummocks Trail. The trail is a 2.3 mile loop. It’s a rock and ash-covered trail with a 300-foot elevation change. The trail was filled with Summer flowers & life.
Next, Kevin and I are traveling to Portland, Oregon to explore the underground tunnels, Ft Vancouver, Carver’s Cafe, see Nick Burkhardt’s house from the tv show Grimm and visit my army friend Vance. Thats right I served in the US Army in Germany during the mid 1980’s.