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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-08-30 18:51
Subject: [photos] The Child takes a trip to Mount St. Helens
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Tags:child, family, northwest, photos, portland, trains
Today, the_child took a trip to Mount St. Helens with her grandmother (tillyjane), her cousin (the Niece) and her aunt (lillypond). Kids and grandmother took the train north, where my sister met them by car and they went up to the visitors' center. She took the good camera, and took some photos, which I am posting a few of here, with her permission.
The Portland train station



The hardy adventurers, junior division



Messing about on rocks

A little friend from Nature

Oh, yeah, a volcano!

Most photos by the_child, selected photos by M. Lake.

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As usual, more at the Flickr set.

Originally published at jlake.com.

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User: elizaeffect
Date: 2009-08-31 03:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I think that's a golden-mantled ground squirrel. They are nourished only by human blood, as my sister discovered on a recent vacation. >.> (Don't feed the animals, folks.)

Also, messing about on rocks is the best part of any mountain-related adventure.
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User: lillypond
Date: 2009-08-31 13:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Indeed... a ranger in the area said that particular, "friendly" little ground squirrel had bitten five people in the last month!

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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2009-08-31 14:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My sister thought it would be great to give them a little trail mix and she was swarmed within seconds. They were climbing all over her and one latched onto her finger and wouldn't let go even as she flailed around in pain. We left the area rapidly, and they followed us a short distance before turning back. It was like The Birds with adorable fuzzy rodents.
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Elizabeth Coleman
User: criada
Date: 2009-08-31 05:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I love Portland's train station. Seattle's station is ensconced in a dreary attempt to remodel it to a former state of glory, but all its gilt and plaster moldings can't beat the space and echoing stone you guys have.
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2009-08-31 12:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You taught the_child photography skills well.

Is the other depot shown in the Flickr set (the one with the Niece and the Sculpture) the Mt. St. Helens stop? Some nice features there, too.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-08-31 12:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Castle Rock, I think, though tillyjane or lillypond would know - they were there...

And thank you, she's gotten pretty good...
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-08-31 13:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
lillypond reports:

"Sadly, you can't actually get all the way to Mt. St. Helens by train - that is actually the Kelso, Washington stop which is a lovely, unmanned, one room train stop. It's a great looking building."

Edited at 2009-08-31 01:38 pm (UTC)
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