For the third time in my life, I visited nearby Mt. St. Helens in Washington state. This time was special for me in that most of the access roads and hiking trails were actually passable this time. Me, my brother Blake and his friend Gilby took an amazing hike out a ridge with a spectacular view head on of the blasted side. This baby erupted almost 30 years ago. It's amazing that something so beautiful came out of so much destruction. Chalk that up for the immense power of mother nature.