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Jul 29, 2018 - DID YOU HEAR?

“Hey, did you hear…” These are words we don’t want to see at the start of a text or email. They bring, dread, anxiety, curiosity and self-preservation and usually appear at the worst possible times (is there a good time?) …. like now…. when we are in a remote campground. We arrived at Seaquest State Park in Castle Rock, Washington for a 4-night stay. We wanted to explore Mount St. Helens and I thought staying at a nearby State Park would mix it up a bit. Exploring Mount St Helens has been on my “wish list” and I was excited about our visit....

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ESCAPING CALIFORNIA

Aug 19, 2016 - Day 11 Timothy, Screaming Eagles, and Honey Crisps

A gold star today goes to the polite, pony-tailed young man waiting for a tow at the gas station. The cutie helped me muscle the air hose to compensate for a slow leak in a trailer tire and wished me a good day as I prepared to hit I 90 West. I enjoyed reading the crop signs along the way – timothy, sweet corn, carrots, more sweet corn. In the Yakima Valley I recognized hops and lots of apple and stone fruit orchards. At one of many fruit stands I loaded up on just-picked honey crisp apples and an assortment of other primo fruit. My...

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Going for the Gold

Jul 3, 2016 - Mt. St. Helens, Etc.

Days 14-15 July 2-3 About an hour’s drive south of Lake Quinault, we stopped for gas in Hoquiam. Chuck pointed out that our rear left dually wheel cover was gone. It had come off somewhere along the 101 that morning. By noon we were backing into our reserved sites at the Castle Rock KOA, even though they also try to call it the Longview KOA. But Longview is at least fifteen miles away, while Castle Rock is only about two miles down the road! After setting up our RVs we once again got into the Fit. This time we headed up the Spirit Lake...

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2016 Trip Journal

Jul 24, 2015 - Mt. St. Helens NVM

Mount St. Helens is an active stratovolcano located in the Pacific Northwest. It is 96 miles south of Seattle, Washington, and 50 miles northeast of Portland, Oregon. The volcano is located in the Cascade Range and is part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc, a segment of the Pacific Ring of Fire that includes over 160 active volcanoes. Mount St. Helens is most notorious for its catastrophic eruption on May 18, 1980, at 8:32 a.m. PDT, the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the United States. Fifty-seven...

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2015 RV Adventure

Jul 14, 2012 - Road Trip to Mt. St. Helens

Once again, we decided to take the advice from our neighbor in the RV park to visit Mount St. Helens while in striking distance. Consequently, when we left Portland this morning, rather than turning south to return to the RV right away, we headed north crossing the Columbia River into Washington to drive up and see the mountain! This proved to be a very beautiful drive up I-5 and more so when we reached the turn-off on Hwy 504 heading eastward. Our first stop was at the Silver Lake Visitor Center where we learned a bit about the history of...

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Sep 30, 2011 - Day #23, 9-30-11

Day #23, 9-30-11 OK I lied, I’m back on again. We knew going into this trip that when you got to Big Cities that have a lot of sights to see, it would be difficult and expensive to cruise around, north-south east and west to see everything that interested you. So today we got a taste of what it would be like to have a tow car! We rented a Toyota Corolla for $21.00/day/unlimited millage @ about 35MPG. Today we set out north into Washington State to Mount Saint Helen. The trip was 217 miles round trip and ran me the $21.00 plus an estimated...

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Sep 11, 2011 - Mount St. Helens

WOW! We are SO glad we didn't try to do this yesterday afternoon! We spent seven hours today seeing Mount St. Helens and taking in all the surrounding scenery, including devastation from the eruption, as well as new beauty that has evolved from it. We drove up to Johnston Ridge Observatory, the closest viewpoint to the peak of the mountain, and named after a geologist who was stationed at this ridge and died as a result of the blast from the eruption. There was plenty of warning that the mountain was going to erupt, and everyone thought the...

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2011 Northwest Trip

Aug 19, 2011 - Mt. St. Helens, WA.

We had Mount St. Helens on our list of 'must see places' when we were planning this trip. Today we drove from the Peninsula to Woodland, WA and set up camp for a couple nights. We had seen Mount ST. Helens a couple years after the eruption. It was an experience that we have talked about for years. They had just opened a route up to the Spirit Lake area. It was a rough road still covered with ash. The view points were temporary posts with pictures and info of what had happened at that spot. There were forests of trees laying dead in a...

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Aug 8, 2011 - Mount St. Helens

On Saturday we went to Mt. Rainier National Park. The weather was cloudy most of the time and we couldn't see the mountain. The park was very crowded. We spent a few hours there. The one thing I noticed was that the trees were much taller than any trees in Colorado. Also, there was a lot of snow left near the visitor center. It was only 5000 feet above sea level. Since the snow was all over the walkways and trails and in a small amphitheater, I assume that amount of snow remaining this late in the summer is not normal. Everyone here, as...

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Alaska trip

Jul 5, 2011 - Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

We have cousins who live in Washington, about four hours north of Carlo and Karen. Since Carlo, Karen, Fred and I all wanted to do a day trip up to Mt. St. Helens, we contacted Anita and her daughter Janey Marie and suggested they meet us for lunch near the volcano. Carlo and Karen remembered a really good Chinese Restaurant just off the Interstate at the exit to Mt. St. Helens, so we agreed to meet there. It was a two hour drive for each group, so it worked out well. We arrived a little bit before Anita and Janey and the Chinese restaurant...

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Jul 29, 2010 - Devastation beyond compare.

It was difficult to leave Portland and Vancouver behind without spending some time poking about, but given our past experiences with this large vehicle in big cities, we decided to listen to Beth Ann's wisdom regarding the congested streets of Portland. Another place to visit when we come back! But before we left we had burgers for breakfast! No, that's not a typo! Burgers for breakfast...how can one get more decadent?!! Having not had a burger since last year made it even more outrageous. But you have to experience Burgerville to believe...

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Apr 22, 2010 - Exploring Mount St. Helens

Having come inland from the coast we spent the day exploring the Mount St Helens area. Our first stop was at the Mount St Helens Visitor Centre. Here we learnt about Mount St Helen’s volcanic eruption history and its geology. Mount St Helens is one of several volcanic peaks that dominate the Cascade Range. Geologist call Mount St Helen a composite volcano, a term for steep sided, often symmetrical cones constructed of alternating layers of lava flow, ash and other volcanic debris. These types of volcanoes tend to erupt explosively and pose...

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