Saturday, March 7, 2009
Mount St. Helens, Washington: Johnson Ridge
Johnson Ridge is the last stop on the road to Mount St. Helens. It's about 50 miles east of Interstate 5. Any closer, and you have to walk ... and you still aren't allowed to get too much closer. There is smoke coming out there (as of 2005), after all.
Mount St. Helens blew sideways in 1980, sending enough ash in the air to give every human being on earth 15 buckets of the stuff. The advantage to the sideways explosion is that visitors can look into it now.
The scope of this mountain is beyond belief, seemingly close enough to touch even from five miles away. It's one of the most impressive sites in the country.