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Seattle from the Space Needle (gee, where could a picture of that be), and the Olympic Range on the eponymous peninsula.


Mt. St. Helens from the western, touristy approach, with the second photo taken from the end of the road at Johnson Ridge. There is a small volcanic cone in the center of the crater, that in 200 years will have built itself up to the pre-1981-blast height of the mountain.


The North Fork Toutle River now must wind its way through canyons of ash, thanks to the mountain featured here.


Trees are not only charred from the heat of the blast here on the eastern side of the volcano, but flattened from the force of the ash rolling along the ground. An eerie stump sticks itself out of the ground here in no-man's-land, a strange area where trees simply cannot return yet. The eastern entrance to the national park is exactly at the treeline.


Spirit Lake, which was covered in ash completely, is making a recovery, but still has a long way to go.


The scenery looking back along Washington Route 410 westward; heading east on 410 takes you to...


Mt. Rainier, Washington's tallest mountain.


A view of Mt. Rainier's Nisqually Glacier, one of 26 on the mountain. You can see the moraines on the glacier - where it looks like the glacier is theading its way between rocks, in fact the rocks are being carried along the glacier. Each moraine is a collection of rocks scraped away by the, errr, glacially slow motion of the ice against the mountainside.


Narada Falls, still in the Mt. Rainier park, tumbles dozens of feet over pure andesite lava flows.


The view from the eastern side of Mt. Rainier; all the photos above this were from the southern side.


A view from Chinook Pass, the eastern entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park.

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