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Aug 22, 2019 - Cougar WA – Lone Fir Resort

Last year, when we saw Mount St. Helen’s from the Windy Ridge lookout (east side of the mountain), we knew we had to come back to Cougar (south side of the mountain) this year and see what had changed on this side of the mountain. This was where we went when we lived out here to see the damage from the volcano and check on the eventual rebirth of the mountain. The area we went to is now in the Mount St. Helen’s National Monument. Our first stop was at the Lahar vista. A “lahar” is a destructive mudflow on the slopes of a volcano. Here we...

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Retired at Last!

Aug 1, 2019 - Cougar, Washington

Aug 1 Allan let me sleep late today, and then I got a few things done, but by 1 o’clock my time was up! And off we go..... we are on the south Side of Mount St Helens. Drove around the wooded mountain roads to see Ape Cave. We really had no idea what we were seeing till we got there. It is a cave formed by lava tubes. It is over a mile long and has two different levels. 42° inside, 80° outside. This Cave is different from any other cave we have visited. There are no lights inside, it’s self-guided & no paved paths or trails. They loan you a...

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Summer 2019

Jul 31, 2019 - Cougar, Washington

July 31. Got up earlier this morning, it was very chilly in the rig, and dark because we are under the trees, so Bailey was very lively and hyper. The colder the weather the happier he is. We got an early start because we had a very full day. Access to Mount St Helens National Volcanic Monument is limited and there is no camping real close and we don’t want to take the rig up any unnecessary mountains! Because then we have to come down the mountains! We are still being very cautious with the rig brakes. We actually took a freeway for a...

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Summer 2019

Oct 1, 2012 - Mt. Saint Helens

We drove from Shelton to Kelso, a distance of 83 miles. We wanted to visit Mt. Saint Helens (MSH), and Kelso is only 52 miles away. I know you all have seen pictures and news stories about (MSH), but as with most things it is totally different in person. MSH devastated an area the size of Chicago, and 1300 feet of the top of the mountain blew sideways and deposited material 600 feet deep into the area just below the mountain. There was a resort just below the mountain that is now under 300 feet of ash, mud, and rocks. The owner refused to...

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Travels In Serenity

Jul 7, 2012 - Mt. St. Helens Wa.

We had a great 4th of July. We visited Mt St Helens, Wow what a place. I can’t not describe the beauty of the surrounding mountain as we drove toward Mt St. Helens. We had stopped at several information centers that shown movies of the eruption. There was this feeling of excitement and amazement at the beauty of the mountain. But there was such a feeling of sadness as we got closer. After 32 years there were still miles of destruction, trees still all laying in the same direction. Please take time to read the info below. Mount St. Helens,...

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Aug 17, 2011 - Day 78 - Mt. St. Helens

Are you tired of my raving about the beauty of our country? Here I go again. We left this morning headed for Mt. St. Helens Southside. Our first stop was the Carson National Fish Hatchery. It was built by the Civilian Conservation Corp and began raising salmon and trout in 1937. In April, Carson releases over 1 million smolt (young salmon) in the Wind River. Smolt migrate downstream to estuaries at the mouth of the Columbia River. They stay there for several weeks, feeding and adjusting to salt water. Finally, smolts begin the journey to...

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Oct 26, 2007 - From Deception Pass To Volcanic Blast- Washington State

We've started moving south again. After a wet visit to Deception Pass at Whidbey Island and a very choppy and windy ferry crossing from Whidbey to the Olympic Peninsula we continued on until after dark to stay overnight at my cousin Steve's home in Poulsbo. Cousin Colin joined us all for a fun steak supper and conversation the next evening while Emma was entertained by Steve and Sheila's daughter Allison and her pet rat. Emma and I went swimming at the aquatic center and we walked down to the marina to see Steve's sailboat. Next morning,...

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