We first headed to the Forest Learning Center where we got to touch volcanic rocks, pelts, skulls, elk hooves and an assortment of forest related items. Then, after a few pull offs to viewpoints, we went up to the observatory. We watched an amazing short film that detailed the huge eruption in 1980, as well as the forest recovery since. Our last stop was the hummocks trailhead. I was hoping to do the entire 2.5 mile loop, but Finn was "hot and sweaty and his legs were tired", and, as I was carrying 30-pound Phoebe on my back, I was OK turning around after about 3/4 of a mile.
If I had been there sans kids, I could have explored every nook and cranny, but considering it was a long (and hot) day for the kids, I was pretty happy with what we did get to see.
Photo by Finn. I have a really funny look on my face!
Variable Checkerspot butterfly. These beauties were everywhere on our hike!
My hot and sweaty guy.
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