Exploring Mount Saint Helens


On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted.  It was the largest known avalanche in recorded history, and a memorable day for those old enough to remember it.  Well, Troop OR-1531 wanted to see first hand what a volcano looked like, so we headed north.

After learning all we could from the Johnston Ridge Observatory (documentaries, displays, and exhibits) we set out for an eight mile hike to a variety of lookout points.  It was a beautiful summer day, and the flowers were in full force, which many of the Trailmen noted.  Fox Patrol broke off mid-way, but the Mountain Lions and Navigators did the entire loop, and made it back before the clouds came in and shrouded the entire area in a deep mist.

The hike began and ended in prayer.  What did the trailmen enjoy most?  The fraternal company of the other Trailmen and the adult men who took the time to join them on this adventure!



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