Thursday Thoughts – Climbing Mount St. Helens

Climbing Mount St. Helens was one of the most difficult, and most rewarding, hikes I have ever done. There is nothing quite like the thrill of reaching the top of an active volcano!

Mount St. Helens: Sweet Summit Success!

Monitor Ridge – Part 2 Three steps. Two.  One.  Suddenly, Mount St. Helens’ crater stretched wide open in front of me.  The rim of the crater curved around to the north like eagles’ wings.  An enormous lava dome that dwarfed everything around it sat perched in the heart of…

Mount St. Helens: The Boundary Trail

The landscape around Mount St. Helens is just packed with trails waiting to be explored.  I’m certain I just need to move up to Washington for six months so that I can get my boots on every single one!  My partners in crime and I had…

Mount St. Helens – A Trip Through Time

Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens. Say her name and it instantly draws to mind images of the cataclysmic eruption of 1980.  We all remember the news footage and heart-stopping images of the fiery blast.  Americans as far away as Florida had at least a dusting of ash on their…

Capulin: The Summit

VITAL STATS Name: Capulin Type: Cinder Cone Eruption Status: Extinct Last Eruption: Approximately 60,000 years ago Location: 36.7811° N, 103.9695° W Northeastern New Mexico; Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field The clouds that enshrouded Capulin’s cone finally began to break around mid-morning.  We raced to the summit…

Capulin: The Lava Flow Trail

Vital Stats Name: Capulin Type: Cinder Cone Eruption Status: Extinct Last Eruption: Approximately 60,000 years ago Location: 36.7811° N, 103.9695° W Northeastern New Mexico; Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field Capulin volcano has 4 lava flows – three of which are absolutely massive.  They each started from…

Capulin Volcano

Vital Stats Name: Capulin Type: Cinder Cone Eruption Status: Extinct Last Eruption: Approximately 60,000 years ago Location: 36.7811° N, 103.9695° W Northeastern New Mexico; Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field The drive east through Northern New Mexico can be a pretty boring one.  The landscape is flat…

The Day Yellowstone Erupted…

I promised you in the last post that we’d get to look at what would happen if Yellowstone Volcano really did erupt.  Not necessarily a fun thing to imagine, and let’s hope it never does happen.  So, sit back with a warm drink and…