Upper Ape Cave (Mount St. Helens)
Last summer, I found myself standing at the mouth of a lava tube in Washington state. The August sun was was hot on my back, but as I looked down into the cave, the cold breeze, seemingly coming from the center of the earth itself, blew back at my face. I reached up, clicked my headlamp on and sent one last glance behind me before descending into the darkness.
The Pacific Northwest gets a lot of love on Instagram. I gotta say, I didn’t get it until I went myself last summer. Trust me – the Insta-fame is well deserved.
Countless trails snaking through pristine alpine wilderness, turquoise blue lakes, and a coastline to die for… It’s really that gorgeous. Perhaps the most incredible thing about the PNW is its diversity of landscapes. One moment you’re standing on a fog-covered granite peak, and the next you’re underground, trying to make your way through a pitch-black lava cave.