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Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
November 4, 2012
From journal No settling in Seattle
by Harry Potter
New York, New York
October 24, 2002
The observatory was named after volcanologist David Johnston, who was heard to have said his final words "Vancouver, Vancouver, this is it." from this sight, just before the volcano blew and he was never heard from again.
Upon entering the observatory to the left is a large interactive model which demonstrates the events that led up to the eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980. There are also several displays explaining geographic activity and personal accounts from eruption survivors. A 16 minute informative film on the eruption of the volcano is worth seeing.
There is a non-strenuous walking trail from the observatory which will bring you by both the direction dial which indicates where and how far away particular landmarks are from the sight and further along to the memorial of names of those lost in the 1980 eruption. Photos of both are below. It took us 40 minutes to walk to these sights and back to the observatory again.
There is no food available at this site, so bring your own food and drinks and picnic in the parking lot with others. Pets are also prohibited except in a designated area of the parking lot. Wear layers of warm clothes as the chilly breeze off the mountain and the higher altitude will be substantially colder than what it was below.
Hours are daily from 10am -6pm from May through October. Fees for the observatory are $3 per adult plus the Northwest Forest Pass is required, available for $5 a day. For more info on the Johnston Ridge Observatory, call 360-274-2140 or 360-274-3121.
From journal Soaking Up Seattle