I’ve traipsed through Ape Cave, on the southern flank of the mountain, a few times, but I’d never in my thirtyish years living in Portland viewed Mt Saint Helens from the north. The dramatic crater*, almost 10 years younger than me but much more impressive, is on the north side of the mountain.
Heather’s car had itchy feet, so Sunday I got a chance to tag along™ and witness the geological phenomenon** first hand. Heather has posted a fantastic summary of a fantastic day on her blog, Mile73. (Any photos you see on that post that appear to have been taken from the passenger side of a car were taken by yours truly. Also any photo of Heather pointing at a mountain whilst obscuring said mountain by standing in front of it is likely taken by me. Credit Heather and Google for the map, reproduced below. Credit Heather with everything else, especially any superfluous photos of a cute red car.)
* I wanted to use the phrase ‘gaping maw’ here but Heather uses that in her post and I don’t want her to think I’m copying her.
**Disambiguation: by ‘geological phenomenon’ I mean the crater, not Heather or her car’s feet, though both of the latter are most impressive too.