Mt St Helens

September 1-7, 2004
Right after South America, Phebe and I booked a trip to Oregon to see Derrick and Flemming. I haven’t seen these guys since Hong Kong and I couldn’t wait to do a “Buddha Shot” with them. Our main agenda was to hike Mt. St. Helens. After South America I was so in shape to conquer. It took me 3 hours to get to the top but I could’ve done it in 2 if it weren’t for all the breaks and stops. I felt bad for leaving the others behind, especially Phebe, but there was no other way. I had quite the chat with Phebe after – if you know what I mean. At the top it was so cold and windy that I was ready to freeze. You could see the crater beginning to smoke. What was funny is that 2 weeks later Mt. St. Helens erupted. Along the path we found a squirrel and I ended up mounting the little guy. The mounter strikes again. After the hike we were all dead tired and went to some Chinese restaurant to have the biggest feast.

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Buddha reunion with Derrick and Flemming and Vinh

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Final stretch to the top!

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On top of Mt St Helens!

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The view from the parking lot

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Inside the crater

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