All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

The <strong>Johnston Ridge Visitor Center</strong> is 5 miles north of Mt. Saint Helens. It is named for David Johnston, the geologist who announced to his headquarters in Vancouver, WA that the eruption had begun, yelling, "Vancouver, Vancouver, this ...
The Johnston Ridge Visitor Center is 5 miles north of Mt. Saint Helens. It is named for David Johnston, the geologist who announced to his headquarters in Vancouver, WA that the eruption had begun, yelling, "Vancouver, Vancouver, this is it!" into his radio; seconds later he was engulfed in a "hurricane of rock". 57 people died on the mountain that Sunday, but it would have been worse if it had erupted on a weekday.
The visitor center is built into the hillside, complete with tree trunks and wildflowers. The area is a National Monument run by the National Forest Service.

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