Dangerously Daydreaming

"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible." ~ T. E. Lawrence

Adventures in Lava Canyon

Every summer for about a month my youngest brother, “DJ”, will come visit from Alaska and stay with me. I try to fill that month with camping trips, hiking excursions, and anything else he might enjoy while he’s in the area. A few years back we decided to road trip to the Mount Saint Helens area. I’d heard of a great, 5 mile round trip, hiking trail through a place called Lava Canyon and we were intrigued. The trail took us through a basalt canyon that mudflows had poured into during the 1980 eruption. A river had carved its way through lava, ancient and new. Losing 1600 feet of elevation during our drop into the canyon, we came across new growth forests looking so pristine and untouched. And then we had to race the retreating daylight on our ascent back up the canyon. It was an otherwordly hike, life and death colliding to create beauty. Here’s our adventure in photos:

The first sign of trouble.

We’ve been warned!

But not soon enough.

The river cutting through lava flows

Down into the canyon.

Crossing the suspension bridge.

It was a long way down…

Deeper into the canyon, via ladder.

Basalt formations carved by the elements.

New growth forests – life returning!

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12 comments on “Adventures in Lava Canyon

  1. The Byronic Man
    May 9, 2012

    There are a lot of sign like that up in the North Cascades, too, up in your lovely state. Signs that aren’t just covering their asses legally, but are saying, “Look, idiot, you think you’re all hard core, don’t you. Well, if you don’t listen to this sign, you will die a bone-cracking, frozen death like little restroom door guy here. Okay?”

    • Audrey
      May 10, 2012

      We probably shouldn’t have laughed about those signs so much but yes, the “little restroom door guy” just makes it hard to the warning very seriously. So we mock it instead! Is the signage any better in your area?

  2. Lesley
    May 9, 2012

    Wow! Just wow!

    • Audrey
      May 10, 2012

      Thank you! It’s well-worth a visit. 🙂

  3. ethelthedean
    May 9, 2012

    YOWZA! Amazingly stunning. I have gooseflesh!!

    That is true beauty.

    You dudes are too cute. Love the snap with your jeans and hikers, not to mention the “I’m falling!” poses. Will he be coming this summer? I can only imagine the adventures you too will get up to 🙂

    • Audrey
      May 10, 2012

      Might be worth a roadtrip by you and Mr. M! 🙂

      Oh and thanks! Yes, the kid is coming to visit for the first week of June and I’ve got some excitement lined up for us already – including SKYDIVING! Want to come??

  4. whatimeant2say
    May 9, 2012

    Those basalt formations are mind-blowing!

    • Audrey
      May 10, 2012

      Isn’t it cool? You really get a sense of your smallness in a place like that.

  5. Stuff I Can't Post
    May 10, 2012

    How fun!!!! This was fantastic! Did you and your brother have a lot of fun? Oh I hope so!!!

    • Audrey
      May 10, 2012

      We did! This was from two summers ago but he’s coming back to see me in a few short weeks so the adventures will continue. Hoping you’ve had a much improved week!

      • Stuff I Can't Post
        May 11, 2012

        Oh that will be a blast! I look forward to hearing about it all! Enjoy your time!!! My week was…meh. Not all that great, but it’s almost over! I have higher hopes for next week. Hooray! TGIF dearest! 🙂

  6. captainariel
    May 10, 2012

    Looks amazing! 😀

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