The kids loved having that play structure so close (we had around 8 to 10 kids with us as families came and went). We had 3 campgrounds reserved for our group, so they had a large area to play in without disturbing other campers.
Across the road from the campground is Silver Lake, a nature trail and Mt. St. Helens Visitor Center. We didn't even have to worry about road traffic because there is a pedestrian tunnel linking the campground to the visitor center. The visitor center had some really good displays and a great movie. We did not get to it until our last day, but I kind of wish we had gone there earlier in the trip.
I really enjoyed walking the nature trail, which ran about a mile along the shore of the lake and through a marshy, wetland area. Here are some photos from the nature trail, which we walked several times.
We saw a huge frog, so big I would have to hold it in two hands. There were also lots of big, blue dragonflies. It took me a lot of tries to get a photo of one. It would hover until I got my camera focused, then dart away when I took the shot. Dragonflies are very impressive fliers! There were also a lot of beautiful wildflowers.
We had a lot more adventures and a great day trip up to Johnston Ridge on Mt. St. Helens, but this post is getting pretty long. I will write about Mt. St. Helens later this week.
Until then, enjoy your labor day! We will be having a BBQ with our friends. What will you be doing?