Last weekend we spent the weekend at Iron Creek Campground, near Mt. St. Helens. We were fare enough away from the volcano that there were trees unaffected by the 1980 eruption.
We hiked to Iron Creek Falls. The waterfall was really cool; I liked the way it had cut through the basalt and cascaded into the pool below. All it needed (to gild a golden lily), was a rock platform in front of the pouring water where one could light a small fire.
Fireweed grew everywhere. I liked it because it resembled peacock feathers growing out of the ground. There were also lupine, paintbrush, and other flowers.
For the most part the temperatures stayed pleasantly in the 60's and 70's.
At Meta Pond, (which, sadly, was not a pond on an island in a pond, which would have been really meta), we saw little thumbnail sized frogs. Someone had left a fish head near the shore and six crawdads were busy fighting each other for the privilege of snipping bits off of it. We also saw a dragonfly.