Photset: Mount St. Helens

After a music-filled weekend in Portland, I decided I needed to explore some wilderness on my ride back to Seattle. After a couple of rounds of late-night searching, I learned that Spirit Lake used to be one of the best lakes to visit in Washington State. But that was before it became logjammed with a flaming forest of ash and molten lava from the Mount St. Helen eruption in the 80’s.

That’s all I needed to read.

After hours of bumpy roads, uncertain cloudy skies, and a $5 pass hanging on my rearview mirror, I was in the blast zone. I couldn’t have been more mesmerized.

Mount St. Helens is one of the most beautiful places I've ever visited. Seeing the thin tufts of steam whip up like campsmoke along the inside of the crater stirred an energy inside me that lasted the entire day. There were very few visitors, and I had no idea what to expect. I felt like I was the only witness to a great mystery. I was truly awestruck.

Take a look.

Huff 'N' Puff

On my way back home, I saw a burger shack on the side of the road that looked like a giant pack of Fruit Stripe Gum. I knew I was going to turn around as soon as I drove past the sign.

I ordered a bacon cheeseburger, curly fries, and a hot fudge sundae (a Sunday sundae, if you will). All were delicious and twice the portion size I could eat in one sitting.

I wonder if they sell shirts.