by Margie Goulden
A friend recently recommended we hike to Norway Pass. It was a hot day for a hike through the exposed Mount Saint Helens blast zone. The hike is only 4.5 miles round trip, and a constant gradual incline. According to the hike books, the trail only gains 300 feet of elevation. However, my body believed it was double that.
In 1977 we couldn't see the mountains for the trees; whereas today all three volcanoes (Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, Mount Saint Helens) were splendidly in view and the trees were few and far between.
It was a sobering thought to return to an area that was totally changed by the ravages of Nature. And it was likewise exciting to have been a part of the history of Mount Saint Helens' historical impact in Washington State.
For more information on the Norway Pass hike, go to the Washington Trails Association. For more information on the National Monument, go to Mount Saint Helens National Monument. Also, be sure to check out Jeff's Mount Saint Helens Gallery on Istockphoto.
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