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Friday, September 30, 2011

Great hiking experience at Mt St Helens

Mount St. Helens is an active stratovolcano located in Skamania County, Washington, in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States Mount St. Helens is most notorious for its catastrophic eruption on May 18, 1980.which was the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the United States.
Last Saturday, we drove two hours together with three families and reached our destination, Mount St Helens. We decided to go for a short trail, about 2.3 miles - Hummock Trail.

Hummonck trail is a loop of trails meandering over and around various hummacks, along streams, ponds and wet land that are the result of the landslides that happened during the eruption. Lots of ups and downs and some areas of flat walking. Daddy really did a great job as he brought MSLS together with him with their stroller. It is really not easy to hike with a stroller and need a lot of strength especially going through path with lots of stones, and when going up the hill. However, it is a totally different experience compared to hiking alone.

ES with her new friend, Yi Jie. They walked through the whole trail without complaining of tiredness. They love seeing frogs and dragonflies along the trail.

We stopped for awhile when we reached a flat area.
Mount St Helens, from far.

We passed by a lake.

We saw a lot of thess white wildflowers along the trail.

                                 While walking half way, we saw North Fork Toutle River.
Another great view of Mount St Helens from Tortle River.

This piece of land was separated into two by muds and rocks, after the  eruptions in 1980's.

Even it is a short trail, we took three hours to complete the trail. Is is indeed a fun hikng experience especially with the three girls. Everytime when the kids were asking whether when they will reached the parking area, I told them, " after one turning, you will reached!" just like what gong gong told me when we go for hiking when I was a kid.

We drove to Coldwater Creek and had picnic there. After lunch, we have a slow walk at Coldwater Creek.

                                           The kids enjoyed playing with each other.

                                                                   Our group photo

  We drove to the top of the hill before we drove back. Behind Ah Ma is Mount St Helen, a more closer view.

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