After very little sleep on Monday evening, we were up early to make the drive over into Washington to go to Mt. St. Helens. Granted, we had to stop for some major caffeine before we were on our way. I'm not positive, but I think this may be the first time I've ever ordered a Venti coffee at Starbucks.
As always, we enjoyed laughing and talking in the car on our way to the park. I love having inside jokes on vacations, but the only problem is that even if you try to explain them to the people who weren't there, no one else ever finds them funny. So I'll spare you all that. :)
I was pretty excited about getting to check out Mt. St. Helens.
Our first stop was actually to go explore the Ape Cave. This cave was apparently formed by lava back in the day. Since it's super cold in there, we had to bundle up.
Once inside the cave with our lantern, we had a blast walking all the way to the end and taking lots of pictures. At the end, you had to get down low and do a bit of an army crawl to get to the very dead end of the cave. We of course did this!
Once out of the cave, we drove around to a viewpoint to check out the actual volcano. It was unfortunately a little bit cloudy out, but it was still amazing to be out there. None of us had cell phone service, so we were completely undistracted by anything. It was just us and nature. We hardly saw any other people. It was so awesome to just escape the hustle and bustle of life and explore this beautiful place.
After that, we found a short hike that took us to June lake and a cool little waterfall. It was a little chilly out, but we had a great time making the hike. We also got to see a cool lava flow out there!
It was almost sunset by the time we left to make the drive back. We were all exhausted, but we stopped to have dinner before heading in to crash for the night.
We got to hang out a bit and have lunch together on Wednesday before Jenny and I were off to the airport for our flight home. We flew through Vegas this time, so we enjoyed a little slot machine action during our layover. I spent a whopping $1 and managed to walk away with $5.
It was super late when we got home and after not getting much sleep on the trip I crashed hard. It's taken me a few days to really recover, but I suppose having to run 18 miles on Saturday didn't help much with that. (No worries... other than being really hilly and humid, I made it!)
I had such an amazing time on this trip, and it's seriously one of the best vacations I've ever had. I've kind of had a bit of post-vacation blues. I had so much fun, and Oregon is BEAUTIFUL. I'm going to have to go back, and hopefully sooner rather than later.