Mount Saint Helen and Spirit Lake
OK, the government has shut down our National Parks. But, for some reason my son and I had forgot this and took off yesterday for Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. You know -- the one that erupted in 2000 that took out 57 lives and eradicated every living thing for 230 square miles surrounding its dome.
We had not checked the park online -- where we would have found this alert:
Funding Lapse ... all federally owned recreation sites are closed . . . we sincerely regret this inconvenience.