TnChick sets the theme for us each week for the Saturday Photo Hunt. You can visit her to find out more and to find more PhotoHunters.
Along Highway 12 between Morton and Mossyrock we have often passed a sign that indicates a Mt. St. Helens viewpoint up the hill. This time we decided to check it out.
This arrow pointed to the mountain, which lost a bit over a thousand feet of itself on May 18, 1980.
(Other than a small bulletin board with a bit of information and a couple of porta-potties, this was pretty much all there was to the viewpoint.)
There are several points around the state where Mt. St. Helens can be viewed from different angles. This is the somewhat disappointing view from this particular viewpoint.
I don't know if this viewpoint was there before the 1980 eruption. If it was, the view would have included the portion of the mountain roughly outlined below.
No kidding! The mountain at that time was itself quite a bit more pointed.
You can see pictures of Mt. St. Helens both before and after at "The Many
Faces of Mt. St. Helens" website or by doing a search of your own. The story of the eruption is quite fascinating.