Dubois: Helicopter rescue is nice if you can afford it

I don't have to go far to get a pretty good view of Mount St. Helens. On a clear day it's not that hard to see it, and then Mount Hood, with a slight turn of the head. If visibility is excellent, you can even spot Mount Rainier in the distance.

A woman from Texas got a really good look at Mount St. Helens. She and her 18-year-old daughter climbed the mountain. But on the way down mom hurt herself, suffering injuries that were not life-threatening, and eventually she decided to pay for a helicopter to rescue her from high up the mountain.

Check out the story here.

I'm planning to go to the Johnson Ridge Observatory soon. That's as good a view as I think I'll want of Mount St. Helens. It's tempting to think about hiking to the top. Having been to the top of one of the mountains near Lake George, N.Y., I can only imagine what it would be like to be atop Mount St. Helens and look out over the Pacific Northwest.

But I don't have helicopter rescue in my budget at this time.

In all seriousness, I'm glad she and her daughter made it off the mountain mostly intact. More than one hiker recently in the Pacific Northwest didn't survive.