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Aug 29, 2010 - Mount St. Helen

Visited Mount St Helen today. What a spectacular site. After lying dormant for 123 years, the volcano became active on March 27, 1980. Headlines in the newspapers warned of an imminent major eruption, however the actual eruption didn't occur until May 18, 1980. Even after 30 years the valley is still covered in ash. Pictures we saw at the visitor's center showed the total desolation. Mountains and mountains of downed trees covered in ash, not to mention homes destroyed and lives lost. After the ash fell, it began to rain on Interstate 5...

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Aug 27, 2010 - Uncle Pete and Elma/Satsop, WA

Went to visit Steve's Uncle Pete and Aunt Shirley yesterday in Woodland, WA and they graciously took us to dinner in Vancouver at the best fish house I've ever eaten at. It was called McGrath's Seafood Restuarant. EVERYTHING was delicious!! Today, we drove up to Elma and Satsop, WA where Steve lived for a while growing up. He really enjoyed seeing his old stomping ground....

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Aug 25, 2010 - Washington

Made it into Washington today. Idaho and Washington State are beautiful. The Columbia River flows beside the interstate. It's really wide like the Mississippi River but the color is a beautiful blue/green. It flows to the Pacific Ocean. Washington produces a large amount of logs as well as grain. They use the river to transport the logs and grain by barge to Astoria where the river flows into the ocean. There they off-load the logs and grain to the big ships to export the products to other countries. Steve was stationed in Portland at one...

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