This is a picture of Mount St. Helen’s. There is a huge, mile wide crater on the top that was formed when it erupted in 1980.
A great way to get a close up view of the crater is by taking a helicopter ride up the mountain.
Along the way, we pass miles of terrain that was buried by the massive mudflows that came off the volcano when it erupted in 1980.
In the center of the crater there is a lave dome where new lava continues to come out.
Hereís a closer picture of the lava dome. You can see it is sill active because of the smoke coming off the lava dome.
During the return flight we pass over areas of a river that got buried by mud and sediment from the eruption.
This is what it looks like after climbing to the crater rim from the backside of the mountain. It took me most of the day to hike up there.
This is the entrance to a lava tube we found. Looks kind of dark down there! Glad I had my little flashlight.
There were miles of lava tubes under the ground coming down off of Mount St Helens. Itís a good thing there was no more lava flowing down off the mountain there!
Here I am in a very dark part of this lava tube!