On the second day of our Pacific Northwest, Melissa and I—along with my parents, my sister, and my sister’s boyfriend—made the three hour drive from the house in Hood River, Oregon, to Mount St. Helens in Skamania County, Washington.

Mount St. Helens is a volcano that underwent a massive eruption in 1980. That eruption left the mountain scarred by a massive crater, caused huge landslides, and reduced hundreds of square miles to barren wasteland. Even more than thirty years later, the whole area bears the mark of the catastrophe.

Here are my photos from our excursion to Mount St. Helens: