|Leona Falls. Can you see my brother?|
Outside of the destruction zone caused by the eruption, Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument is a very green and beautiful place.The forest is thick with ferns and lichens and mushrooms and moss covered stone and mighty hemlocks, and at every turn a stream is running down the mountainside and crossing the trail.
|If the conditions are right, life can grow on rock.|
Did I mention the forest is wet? You can see the dew on the leaves and moisture in the ground. The sound of running water is a constant companion, and It seems at every turn you're rock hopping over a stream or fording an ice cold creek.
|My brother fording Goat Creek|
In the summer of 2010 we were turned back by snow at the top of Tumwater mounatin. This summer, I will return.