When we visited Mount Saint Helens a few weeks prior, we had wanted to visit the Ape Caves and Spirit Lake, but found out that they were on opposites sides of the mountain, and a few hours to drive around to the right side. We decided to wait and make another trip up there another day, and I'm glad that we did. Since we were going to a different place, we got to take a brand new route up the mountain, and made it to the caves while it was still light out (unlike if we had gone the previous trip). We weren't sure what to expect from the Ape Caves, since we had never actually walked through a dark cave alone, and really, there wasn't much to see. Occasionally, we would pass someone else in there, and be able to spot them from a bit ahead because of their light, but it was quiet, cold, and incredibly dark (duh!). We made it the whole way through and back with our head lamps on, and the further you went, surprisingly, the less scary it became. Above, Joel is standing at the entrance.
There was only one bit of it, but we found a patch of sparkly rock.
What it was really like . . . pitch black.
At the end!
And coming back out . . .
Since there was still a bit of light after our venture into the cave, we decided to drive up the mountain a bit further, to see if we could see the other side of Mount St. Helens. We found another hike to a waterfall and a suspension bridge!
Check out that lava-carved river rock!
Photos by Joel!
We never did make it to Spirit Lake, but that just gives us a reason to go back again! Stoked for Summer!