Early morning and the sun lights up the snowy face of Mt. St Helens. Dedicated hikers, starting long before sunrise, near the rim to peek into the caldera. Deep shadows fill the crater and I can see from the airplane that there are ice shelves along the edge. I want to warn the hikers not to risk a closer look, but I am mute behind the windows and engine drone. I can only wag the wings and see them wave to me.
I whisper, "Be safe. Be wise. Be mindful."