Merry Christmas from Base Camp

Merry Christmas

It’s Christmas time at Base Camp!  The tree is glittering with a hundred sparkling lights, and ornaments that we’ve collected over the years dangle from the branches.  It’s been re-decorated, of course, by two kitties who love to tug on the gold garland and…

A Volcano’s Plea

Listen when I speak to you!I wish to do you no harm.Your bodies are small and fragile.Pay attention when I sound the alarm. I do not mind you exploring my slopes;I even enjoy your laughs.Humans are so fascinatingWhen they tread my lava paths. A…

Haystack Rock

The Pacific Ocean is absolutely magical.  One never knows what they’ll discover on its shores or in its rich blue depths.  There is something about the steady crash of the waves against the shore that relaxes and envigorates the soul.  Our Base Camp is nowhere near the…

The Not-so-Boring Volcanic Field

Put that yawn away! The Boring Volcanic Field is far more exciting than it sounds!  Where and what is this Boring Volcanic Field, and who gave it such an unexciting name? Buckle up – let’s go investigate! If you’re heading eastbound out of Portland, your eyes…

Thursday Thoughts: There’s Gold in Them There Hills!

Mount St. Helens: Scaling the Volcano

Monitor Ridge – Part 1 Mount St. Helens is 8,366’ of badass stratovolcano.  She may not be the tallest volcano out there, but her slopes are steep and slippery.  And did I mention that she’s active?  At any moment, the volcano could hiccup and cause an ash explosion,…

Thursday Thoughts – Mount St. Helens: No Words

Sometimes there just are no words to describe the beauty of a place. There are not enough words in the English (or any) language to describe how it felt to be standing in front of Mount St. Helens, finally face to face with a…

Mount St. Helens: Loowit Viewpoint and Johnston Ridge Observatory

After years of hoping, dreaming, and planning, the morning of August 4 found the four of us driving down the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway in search of mighty Mount St. Helens.  My three partners in crime and I had explored the river valleys and Forest…

Thursday Thoughts: Mount Saint Helens – Toutle River

Today’s Thursday Thoughts are being brought to you right from the Mount St. Helens Forest Learning Center on the Toutle River.

Mount St. Helens: Spirit Lake Memorial Highway to Johnston Ridge Observatory

Visitor Center, Kid Valley & the Forest Learning Center Mount St. Helens and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest that surrounds her are packed with volcanic features to explore and amazing areas to hike.  With so many adventures to be had, where should we even begin? The…