Thursday, May 21, 2009

Volcano Ballerina

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Last Saturday morning, my man and I left our Washington State hotel and headed South on the I-5, towards the warm breezes and sunshine. I had a wonderful notion of having a picnic in some sunny, scenic spot with wine, cheeses, bread, greek salad and olives. But the scenic spot came before I had a proper chance to stock up and the wonderful aforementioned menu was replaced with: bag of Tostitos, salsa and a giant can of Bud Light from a nearby Chevron station.

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Our spot however, was more scenic that I imagined. We stopped at the Mount Saint Helen's Vistor's Centre.

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Mount St. Helens used to be a perfectly cone shaped volcano until May 18th, 1980 when the pretty volcano literally blew its top off, leaving a scooped-out side and blanketing the surrounding region with catastrophic ash and lava flows, wiping out areas in a 230 sq.mile radius. Ash plumes rose 16 miles above sea level for 9 hours and was found as far north as Edmonton, Alberta. Indeed my parents remember waking up to a blanket of ash in Vancouver, BC when this happened.



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This was the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the United States. Fifty-seven people were killed; 250 homes, 47 bridges, 15 miles (24 km) of railways, and 185 miles (298 km) of highway were destroyed.

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But as you can see now, Mount St. Helens has fully recovered. Yes, it has been ancy lately - as we sat by quaint a pond, the volcano watching over us, I knew that it could easily errupt again as last year steam was seen escaping from a fracture in the dome.

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That threat aside, I felt perfectly at home in the wetlands and surrounding forests. I felt a bit "fairy ballerina-esque" all day. In fact, the minute I bought this dress I knew I had to wear it with ballet shoes. And, voila!

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Dress: Chili Pepper; Jean Jacket: Express; Shoes: ASOS; Bag: Mango; Peacock earrings: ASOS

Before I forget, I want to thank MizzJ for this awesomely thoughtful award :)

AND give you guys a heads up to a most awesome giveaway going on at Style Symmetry's blog - three chances to win some great swag!! To enter, please visit her blog here. Both Style Symmetry (Eyeliah) and MizzJ are the coolest - helps that they both live in Vancouver like I do. Go local fashionistas!

27 comments:

Couture Carrie said...

Wow, what an awesome trip and breathtaking photos! You look positively dreamy, darling!

And congrats on your award!

xoxox,
CC

HoneyBunny said...

Wow such stunning photos! I'm loving the views so much! The dress you're wearing is so beautiful!
And thank you for a lovely comment, darling! :*

lisa said...

Congrats on the award! Mt. St. Helen's looks like a gorgeous place, and I'm really admiring the crisscross detailing on the back of your dress.

Cafe Fashionista said...

Please give me those earrings! :)

Lindsay said...

Adore your dress, and the scenery behind is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

DaisyChain said...

You and that dress are incredible.

I am fascinated by volcanos!

Talk Pretty To Me said...

Beautiful photos! You do kind of resemble a fairy in those photos :) Love the dress and shoe combo.

xoxo
J

www.talkprettytome.blogspot.com

Kelly said...

Your pictures are amazing! The new camera is a huge difference!

Ashleigh said...

That pond looks so beautiful! and I love the shot with the Bud light...its huge....haha...good stuff girlie ...

Eyeliah SS said...

Girl tis dress is so pretty and you take the time for the loveliest photo shoots.:-) Thanks for hte mention of my Giveaway - that's a extra entry for you - woop!

The Clothes Horse said...

What a lovely day! Your dress is so pretty too.

The Budget Babe said...

wow it looks absolutely idyllic!! way greener and lusher (?) than when i visited back in...hmmm let's see, must have been '97 or something. the volcano has gotten bigger too (its slowly growing i think...i read that at the visitor center).

love your outfit too, matches the scenery. is that the denim jacket you thrifted?

makes me really want to take a vacation!

Elizabeth Victoria C said...

i really love your dress! you always have the prettiest dresses. your shoes are cute too! xx

Underfunded Heiress said...

That last photo is amazing! What a beautiful trip.

Cute outfit. Love the ballerina style.

BTW, do you air dry your hair and it naturally dries like that? I was thinking about going shoulder length and a style like yours but by hair is naturally wavy.

pat said...

My family and I were at the same visitor center you were last summer, and it looked much like your pictures. If you would have driven another 30 or more miles toward the volcano as we did, you would have seen the blast zone which still has not recovered. There are thousands of dead trees all over, laying on the ground like toothpicks.

As always, your pictures are fantastic!

STARR said...

It looks so nice and clear out there. Your shoes are adorable <3

grace e. said...

I have been a washingtonian pretty much my whole life and have yet to visit this mt st. helens. Lovely photos :)

Jessica William love you all said...

Lovely shots!... Like all the pics.....

muchlove said...

wow, such amazing views! I adore your shoes.

Dan said...

Did you go in the lava tube?

mariarose said...

It looks so pretty there...And so do you :) x

Wanderlusting said...

BB- yup, got the jacket at a clothing swap - totally glad I did!!

Dan - you mean the "Ape Cave?" I wanted to but felt like being outdoors instead of spellunking lol

Pat - cool, I wanted to go to the ridge but it was closed...it opened when we were driving back but we were uber pressed for time!

Alice said...

haha, i love the title of the post!

i REALLY need to get out to the pacific northwest sometime soon. every picture i see of the area is GORGEOUS.

Mary said...

You are so darn adorable!! I love this etheral outfit-- perfect for traveling. I hate wearing jeans or something snug in the car. Have a wonderful trip! :)

Kristin said...

That dress is absolutely fabulous!

Vegas Princess said...

What a beautiful site for photos. So naturally gorgeous. And I have noticed how many closeup shots of your feet you have been showing lately. I think that is wonderful considering your admitted hangup about them. :) Because they are just a beautiful as the rest of you!

ebayfashionaddict said...

oh my gosh everything looks soooo gorgeous!