It was a fairly easy 118 miles from Puyallup to Woodland, WA. It was almost all down Interstate 5 and the traffic was pretty heavy until we got past the state capitol of Olympia. We are staying at the Columbia Riverfront RV Park which has us in a riverfront site with a great view of the river through our windshield. We have a 30 amp back-in with full hookups. We would much prefer 50 amps, especially since the temperature has warmed up considerably since we left the coast but we will make do.
Right after getting set up, we headed on down to Vancouver, WA to take in the Fort Vancouver
and the Land Bridge
almost next to it. The fort was originally constructed by the Hudson Bay Company and has been rebuilt to much like it was in the mid 1800s after the US Army took it over. While we were there, they had a blacksmith working and that was interesting as well. We then went to the Land Bridge which involved about a mile round trip in full sun in 90º weather. We carried a bottle of water with us but two would have been better!
Thursday we headed for Mt. St. Helens. It was a pretty 83 mile drive up into the Cascades but the closer and closer (farther east), the smokier it got. We have been fortunate so far this trip in that all of the fires haven't really affected us. We are now close enough to the eastern side of the Cascades that those fires are filling our air with smoke. We think we may want to try to see Mt. St. Helens again another year when it isn't so smoky. We could only imagine how scenic it would have been! We did see two extremely well done and informative movies at the visitor center so make sure you see them if you ever come.
Friday was spent around the Mothership and I also went into Vancouver to get some tow-bar parts from Roadmaster. Doris worked on her crafts and I nailed hiking badges on the hiking sticks. All in all it was a relaxing end to our stay here.
Tomorrow, we will travel to White Salmon, WA for four nights and our last stay in Washington.