The book club that I have been a part of for 7 years goes out to lunch one time a year rather than going to someones home. This year we decided to go to an out of the way down home cookin' restaurant called Patty's Place at 19 Mile House. Nineteen Mile was the name of a logging camp located nearby before the mountain erupted. It is on the road that leads to the Mt. St. Helen's volcano recreation area. This place is famous for it's many varieties of cobbler, I had mountain berry cobbler with vanilla ice cream. AHHHHH! (that would be the angels singing, it was that good).
Seven of the nine gals were able to attend. Here we are after we finished eating. We sat on the deck that over looks the Toutle River, the temperature was a perfect 72 degrees with a light breeze.
This is the Toutle River. This river and area around it were flooded and swollen with water and debris from the eruption of the mountain over 32 years ago. There was everything from trees to logging equipment that washed down through here. As you can see Mother Nature has rebounded nicely. The river looks muddy but it is actually full of silt and volcanic ash along with glacier run off.
This forked horned buck was laying in the flower bed of one of the ladies homes when we picked her up and he didn't even bother to move. He almost looks like a lawn ornament.
Here was another small buck that decided we were a little too close, he was bedded down in the flower be next to the garage. Another small doe ran off when Charlotte (the homeowner) came out her front door, it was laying on her front porch. I would say they are quite comfortable around her place.