California, Oregon, & Washington 2010 travel blog

The Mount Saint Helen's Visitors Center

Inside the Visitor's Center

Mount Saint Helens As Seen From the Visitors Center

Mt. Hood From I-84 Heading East From Portland

We left Seattle on Saturday when the I-5 traffic would be light and it was--as compared to Fridays gridlock. We decided that I-5 from Seattle to Tacoma is the roughest interstate we have traveled on. It is the only north-south route in the area so it get a lot of traffic. We could not figure out when they could repair it. About 100 miles south of Seattle, we stopped at the Mount Saint Helen's Visitor's Center at Silver Lake. It is a great Visitor's Center with friendly staff, great displays about the eruption as well as a great a view of Mt. Saint Helens. But best of all, it has wonderful, long, easy to get to RV parking! The sun was out which is something we have missed and the temps actually were in the low 70's--might need air conditioning soon. So we crossed the Columbia River at Portland and headed east. Then at Hood River, Washington, we crossed the Columbia River back to Washington. While traveling east on I-84 along the Columbia River we saw Mt. Hood and a bald eagle. Can't get much better than that.

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