2013 USA Pacific Northwest travel blog

Woodland, WA - Columbia Riverfront RV Park - site 66

Woodland, WA - Columbia Riverfront RV Park - site 66, another view

Woodland, WA - Columbia Riverfront RV Park - site 66, and another

Woodland, WA - Columbia Riverfront RV Park - site 66 - the...

Woodland, WA - Columbia Riverfront RV Park - site 66 - one...

Woodland, WA - Columbia Riverfront RV Park - site 66 - they...

Woodland, WA - Columbia Riverfront RV Park - site 66 - one...

Woodland, WA - Columbia Riverfront RV Park - site 66 - another...

Woodland, WA - Columbia Riverfront RV Park - site 66, a pretty...

Puyallup to Woodland, WA 0 - our route - 118 miles

Puyallup to Woodland, WA 1 - Another bridge being painted

Puyallup to Woodland, WA 2 - curious iron structures next to the...

Puyallup to Woodland, WA 3

Puyallup to Woodland, WA 4 - very hilly but the traffic lightened...

Puyallup to Woodland, WA 5

Puyallup to Woodland, WA 6 - the Columbia River

Puyallup to Woodland, WA 7 - three modes of transportation - highway,...

Puyallup to Woodland, WA 8 - looks like a wheat field to...

Fort Vancouver 0 - our route - 51 miles

Fort Vancouver 1 - the garden outside the fort containing all kinds...

Fort Vancouver 2 - one part of the stockade leading to the...

Fort Vancouver 3 - they have rebuilt the fort to what it...

Fort Vancouver 4

Fort Vancouver 5 - the blacksmith at work

Fort Vancouver 6 - some of the artifacts they have recovered and...

Fort Vancouver 7

Fort Vancouver 8 - the bell pole

Fort Vancouver 9

Fort Vancouver 10

Fort Vancouver 11 - a two-holer!!

Fort Vancouver 12 - the land bridge, about a half-mile hike from...

Fort Vancouver 13 - a very nice Christmas tree along the path...

Fort Vancouver 14 - getting closer to the bridge which has some...

Fort Vancouver 15 - a shot of the bridge going over WA...

Fort Vancouver 16 - going up the bridge

Fort Vancouver 17 - a view of Fort Vancouver from the top...

Fort Vancouver 18 - there's those three transportation modes again as viewed...

Fort Vancouver 19 - WA 14 underneath

Fort Vancouver 20 - more of the bridge path

Fort Vancouver 21 - they had these very nice resting areas that...

Fort Vancouver 22 - with a place to sit and reflect

Fort Vancouver 23 - these small buildings represented the village that was...

Fort Vancouver 24 - there's Libby waiting for us

Mt. St. Helens 0 - our route - 164 miles

Mt. St. Helens 1 - starting back north to get to the...

Mt. St. Helens 2 - we are on WA 504 now headed...

Mt. St. Helens 3 - the Toutle River as it runs parallel...

Mt. St. Helens 4 - the Hoffstadt Creek Bridge - largest at...

Mt. St. Helens 5 - the fireweed had almost reached the top...

Mt. St. Helens 6 - the bees are still hard at work

Mt. St. Helens 7 - it's an optical illusion - these firs...

Mt. St. Helens 8 - the north side of Mt. St. Helens...

Mt. St. Helens 9

Mt. St. Helens 10 - a cute moocher at one of the...

Mt. St. Helens 11

Mt. St. Helens 12

Mt. St. Helens 13 - part of the hiking path at Coldwater...

Mt. St. Helens 14 - Coldwater Lake

Mt. St. Helens 15

Mt. St. Helens 16 - the same gray dots seen are the...

Mt. St. Helens 17

Mt. St. Helens 18

Mt. St. Helens 19 - the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater...

Mt. St. Helens 20 - the ride was scenic but the smoke...

Mt. St. Helens 21


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 90ยบ 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.

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