The image above is a "before" picture that was on display at the Visitor's Center.
This was taken of her now from the view point at the VC. The top is gone!
On Wednesday we drove Hwy 504 as far east as we were allowed to go. This is into the blast area, but far from the volcano itself.
There were numerous pullouts that allowed us to view the valley below. It was much deeper before the eruption, and you can still see large amounts of mud and ash. The green forest in the foreground is a Weyerhauser tree farm planted within three years of the blast.
We always take the time to read the informative signs and posters. This one told us how life returns after the total destruction caused by the eruption.
This one told the story of how tiny spiders are carried into an area by the wind. Small plant seeds are trapped by their webs and are watered by the morning dew that condenses on them. Life is a very strong force.
All of the views were beautiful.
Lakes were totally destroyed by the blast, but new lakes were also created by the mudflow blocking streams. In the first two years after the blast they did an intense salvage operation to remove usable dead trees. Enough lumber was brought out of the area to construct 65,000 three bedroom homes! And yet, even all these years later the wreckage seems to be everywhere.
Just for fun we tossed our date pits into the woods, but we doubt a palm tree will grow from them.
The day was just perfect. Not hot, not cold, just sunny with a slight breeze. There were only a few other people on the roads or at the view points. I don't mind crowds, but this was really nice.
We saw this colorful Class C at the lake parking lot. It had a European license plate and this fun EU decal on the side. Most American RVs are so boring by comparison with their generic neutral colors. Repaints and wraps are usually more colorful, but if you want to retain "resale" value you have to stick with blah!
Personally I love the dog in the windows of the Cruise America rigs, but then I wear silly, colorful socks.
If you are an RVer, would you choose a more colorful motif if it was available, or would you stick to the standard swooshes?