Rainier and St Helens 2014

Images from my Canon G15  camera.    WA locations   ....Mt Rainier NP, & Mt St Helens, WA    8/11/2014

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The view of the mountain looking north, driving in from the east.\nA visit to Mt Rainier, Paradise area, too cold & windy to enjoy hiking! 09/11/14.The classic tourist vantage piont at Reflection lakes... \nA visit to Mt Rainier, Paradise area, too cold & windy to enjoy hiking! 09/11/14.Great view of the mountain from Reflection lakes. A visit to Mt Rainier, Paradise area, too cold & windy to enjoy hiking! 09/11/14. At the Paradise parking area... everone was walking down to the visitor center rather than starting out on the uphill trails. A visit to Mt Rainier, Paradise area, too cold & windy to enjoy hiking! 09/11/14. We altered our plans due to th cold wind and drove to Mt St Helens instead.After lunch we got our first view of St Helens while the wind was stirring up giant dust clouds. Mt St Helens, WA 09/11/14It was warm at the end of the road, near Spirit Lake, but quite windy still. Mt St Helens, WA 09/11/14We have climbed those many steps in past visits here, but didn't wish to be exposed to the strong winds up high on the ridge above this time. Mt St Helens, WA 09/11/14 Here is a view of Spirit Lake with the massive floating tree debris from the 1980 volcanic eruption. Mt St Helens, WA 09/11/14The weather plays a big role in how much fun it can be to walk about... it was a very strong wind today! Mt St Helens, WA 09/11/14I would bet this wind whistles near those sharp edges up high. Mt St Helens, WA 09/11/14It looks like the air would be nasty to breath downwind of the crater today.\nMt St Helens, WA 09/11/14 That dust carries a long distance.... Mt St Helens, WA 09/11/14The high trail follows the ridge, which is really exposed to the strong wind. Mt St Helens, WA 09/11/14Mt St Helens, WA 09/11/14That person gave up climbing at this level. Mt St Helens, WA 09/11/14 Even here next to the car it was hard to keep your balance in the wind. Mt St Helens, WA 09/11/14Fran wasn't fooling.... it was tough just to keep your balance! Mt St Helens, WA 09/11/14

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