Stephan switched radio stations a few times before sighing and just turning the radio off entirely. “Today’s music sucks.”
“You really want to get into a ‘back in my day’ conversation with me?” Magda raised an eyebrow.
“Not all today’s music sucks. Just the popular stuff that gets played all the time.” Ash leaned forward from the backseat. “No classical station?”
“Lost it about twenty miles ago. Doubt we’ll pick another up until we are closer to a big city.” Stephan looked out the window. “At least the landscape is pretty.”
“I remember reading once that the Pacific Northwest is technically a rainforest, just not a tropical one.” Magda smiled. “If we weren’t in a hurry, I wouldn’t mind…” She shrugged. “Well, going wolf and running around in there a while.”
“Me either.” Ash chuckled. “There is a lot of seismic activity, and the Cascade Range has risen in just the last 5 million years. Volcanoes are all over, and it’s not just the big ones Mount St. Helens. There is a string of like twenty major volcanic centers that create a network of small, shorter-lived volcanoes and underneath that the ocean plate plunges under the North American plate. The subduction creates all kinds of cool effects and there are things like hot springs and stuff all over the place.”
“Who let the nerd out?” Stephan grinned at him. His tone was light, but he couldn’t help but give a quick look at Magda. She was smiling too. That was the most words Ash had strung together since they’d rescued him. “Can’t say I’d mind visiting a hot spring after we save the day.”
“It goes up into Canada. Mount Cayley is one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. The natives call it the landing place of the thunderbird, and Dad promised…” Ash trailed off. He made a small whimpering sound before retreating into the backseat again.
He swallowed, then glanced at Magda. “I bet some of the best geological stuff is under the water. Maybe after we save the day, we can look into renting one of those glass bottomed boats.” He turned toward the backseat. “Do some fishing?”
“Woof.” Ash nodded.