Despite living only 20 minutes drive from the border with the USA, I find that I haven't been going across for visits as much as I used to. Sometimes the hassle of border waits just doesn't justify any savings I might make in filling my gas tank. Today my wife and I had the day off so we decided to take a little trip to Point Roberts. Point Roberts is an isolated peninsula belonging to the United States but it is surrounded by Canada. After a short drive we arrived at the border.
Friday, 14 October 2011
I have seen everything from actively erupting volcanoes to long extinct skeletons of once great mountains and everything in between. I could go on for pages of examples of what I have seen so instead, I thought I would share a few of my favorites. I have picked several which are relatively unknown as well as a few volcano celebrities. It is my plan to showcase more volcanoes in future blog entries.
Logger's Lake Cone
Approximately two hours drive from my home is Logger's Lake Cone, a 100,000 year old basaltic vent which is part of the Garibaldi volcanic belt.. This small cone has a crater filled with Logger's Lake. This feature formed under a glacial ice sheet. Despite it's proximity to Whistler BC, this destination is not well known. I have enjoyed hiking the rim trail which encircles it. I drove past this cone last month and could barely see it from the lookout.
Mount Baker is a dormant composite volcano several hours drive southeast of my home. I can see it out my windows. Being an avid hiker, the Mount Baker area is my playground. I have smelled the sulfurous emissions from Sherman crater and soaked in the backcountry hot spring at its base. Mount Baker is one of the Cascade volcanoes with its last known activity being 100 years ago( probably a phreatic event). In 1976 the mountain started getting more active with increased fumarolic activity in the crater. It has not abated....nor has my love for this mountain. Whether it is snowshoeing, skiing, climbing, or hiking, I intend to continue spending my time around this beautiful slumbering giant.
Stay tuned for more volcanoes in future blog entries.