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Mt St Helens | Pt II

So hey, go grab a cup of something iced or blended, or maybe even a glass of wine (it’s almost that time anyway ;)), because I have FINALLY nailed the rest of our adventure from Mt St Helens a few weeks ago. Sheesh! Nice weather makes for busy photogs! No complaints.. I seriously LOVE it! Anyway, I wanted to split all of my favorites into a couple posts because I knew there would be a lot, but because it’s taken me so long already, I condensed it to two.

I can’t express enough how amazing of a trip this was for our family. We left later in the day than intended since we are often late risers in the summer and love to take our time getting ready for things. However, it was perfect because it was really overcast, but once we hit 3,000 ft and caught sight of the mountain, the sun shined brightly, and the clouds didn’t come back until we were leaving. Lucky us!

I am a mother of two seriously precious children, perfectly flawed, that often make me feel like the best (sometimes most frustrated) mother ever. When Alyx was a little baby, my goal in life was to take him everywhere I went. I wanted him to experience my love for travel and adventure. I wanted to take him to all the places I dreamed of visiting during my lifetime, because well, I want him to remember those places and experiences with me. Then my little Kate came along, and dragging along two little babes is NOT the same as one. I’ve learned to make it work though… rather, we have learned to make it work. Jeremy doesn’t question my motives, he encourages them. Perfect match, right? 😉

You all know how much I adore flowers already, so when I stumble across fields of wildflowers.. basically we’re talking HEAVEN! I dream of having my very own field of wildflowers on my property some day. And I will, but until then, I’ll take pictures of them… and then I’ll take more!

When I see beautiful clear water like this, I glance around to see if anyone else is noticing how incredible it is! On the list of my favorite things, amazing bodies of water is one of them. If the water hadn’t felt colder than sticking bare feet in snow, I’d have a picture of me in it, but I couldn’t even stand a fingertip. Hehee.

After stopping at the last visitor center, we were headed home the long way, but we stumbled upon a sign for a lake before we left the park. It just so happened, we all needed a bathroom break anyway. Our curiosity got the best of us, and we kept looking around… only to find the most gorgeous little views!

More favorite things of mine… wide open spaces, old barns, and dirt roads… 😉

Jeremy loves fishing on the Cowlitz River, so there was no questioning when it came to stopping by to see how things were going along the river. It was beautiful.

Beautiful, isn’t it..? 🙂 Thanks for looking! Feel free to leave some comment love below!

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