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Ape Caves and Mt. St. Helens.

Monday, September 09, 2013

Mt. St. Helens otherwise known as Loo Witt is the Queen of the mountain peaks in our area. She was a beautiful and delectable snow cone that turned glorious shades of pink in the evening sunsets when I was a child. When she had her temper tantrum and blew her top in the 1980s I grieved her loss and the loss of all her children at her feet. But like any good mama she picked herself up and started rebuilding her dome.

My love of this mountain goddess remains. Twice now I have conquered one of her caves. This time as a 60 year old woman who is still 50 pounds overweight.

The 13 and 15 year old grandids hiked the cave while I crawled, shimmied and scooted on my back side over the house size cave ins of boulders ranging from ottomans to couches in size. We also slid down the 8 foot dried lava falls. Luckily it was a little easier this time as someone anchored a knotted rope with a looped rope beside it. So I stepped in a loop at the four foot mark and then GS let me stand on his knee for the last drop. Hope his knee is still okay. GD sung our way through the last hour. Her spirits never wavered. GS has the hiking skills of a mountain goat, but I think the lack of other people was getting to him as we crawled our way into the fifth hour. I feel very good about myself at the moment. I thank God for healing me from the vertigo and CFS which allowed me to make this last hurrah through the north cave. The new appreciation for light and sunshine and challenges met makes my heart soar. Funny how the darkness in caves or in our lives can do that for us. We just have to embrace the hardships knowing there really is light at the end of the tunnel.

My pic with sky Light about an hour into the tunnel.

borrowed pic showing the climbing

my pic

my pic ...Trail of Two Forests Lots of holes in the ground where trees rotted out of the lava flow 10,000 years earlier

Last borrowed pic with more boulders.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
WARMSPRINGDAY 9/14/2013 8:33AM

    I am so proud of you. I went spelunking once as a teenager on a field trip. Wasn't sure I would ever want to do it again, but you have inspired me. Maybe I would . . .

Love this and so needed it right now: "We just have to embrace the hardships knowing there really is light at the end of the tunnel. "


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    Awesome and congratulations for doing the deed!

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CTUPTON 9/11/2013 7:07AM

    Cathy, these photos are awesome. You were very brave to tackle the mountain again! I remember when she blew her top! chris

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ELLENIRENE 9/10/2013 8:39AM

    very interesting-I remember when she blew in 1980's --it made the news here in South Dakota

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SASIKHASI1 9/10/2013 12:46AM

    That looks like fun, where is that?

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GRAMMACATHY 9/9/2013 6:35PM

    Shoot I just noticed another copyright on a borrowed pic. I will remove it now.

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INFLATED 9/9/2013 5:31PM

    I am claustrophobic so spelunking would not be something I would want to get into.

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GRAMMACATHY 9/9/2013 3:14PM

    The best borrowed pic had a copyright on it. Hope I don't get in trouble with the ones I did post, but the phone just did not take pics in the cave. Google Ape caves if you want to see some fabulous pics.

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