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Jun 26, 2017 - Portland

Today we explored Portland, Oregon. Washington Park has a beautiful International Rose Test Garden. It consists of several tiers of roses of every variety and color. Not only are they beautiful, all the bushes were in excellent condition. Also at Washington Park is a Japanese Garden. I love these kinds of gardens for their simple, clean beauty. After spending a few hours at Washington Park, we took a short ride on the Portland Aerial Tram. You get a good view of Portland's skyline from here. Our last stop was to The Grotto - National...

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Jun 25, 2017 - Mt. Saint Helens

Today we visited Mt. Saint Helens National Monument. It was great. They get you really close to the mountain. We stopped at the Forest Learning Center and learned about the logging and milling of timber. Some of the land around Mt. Saint Helens is owned by Weyerhaeuser. The volcanic eruption destroyed 63,000 acres of their tree farm. So after the dust settled, they were very instrumental in replanting the forests. The ride up to the Observatory has many views of Mt. Saint Helens. At the Observatory (the last stop on the tour) they show an...

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Jul 2, 2011 - Mt. St. Helen's

Once again in the truck this time to head north to Mount St. Helen's. Uncle Carl rode along and we drove through the forests with the clearest of blue sky. What a great day to go to the mountain. We visited two visitors centers and watched the movie on the eruption. It is so cool when they lift the screen and curtain and the blown out mountain is directly out the floor to ceiling windows. We jumped on the 'make a seismograph mark' and needless to say, I won (not sure that is a good thing). We hiked (yes again) to the top of the overlook....

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Jul 8, 2010 - End of the trail...

THURSDAY, JULY 8, 2010 HI EVERYONE, TODAY IS OUR LAST DAY IN THE GREAT NORTHWEST. TOMORROW NOAH AND I FLY BACK HOME. THE WEATHER HAS FINALLY TURNED WARM, DRY, AND SUNNY... ACTUALLY BROKE OUT OUR SHORTS YESTERDAY! GUESS IT'S A GOOD THING, SO WE CAN BECOME ACCLIMATED BEFORE OUR RETURN. LAST THURSDAY, WE TRAVELED UP THE COAST ON A RAINY, COLD DAY. ON THE WAY, WE STOPPED AT THE TILLIMOOK CHEESE FACTORY, WATCHED THE INTERESTING PRODUCTION LINE, AND DID A LITTLE TASTING... YUM! SET UP CAMP IN A STATE PARK AT NEHALEM BAY. LITTLE, TINY TOWN, NO...

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Jun 29, 2010 - Mount Saint Helens-30 years later!

Greetings from Randle, Washington! When you check out our map you will see that we traveled from the top of the state of Washington towards the South again, but from here we will travel West into Idaho and the rest of our trip. Highway 12 afforded us to see more than the solid green trees that line Highway 101. The road still goes up and then down, but there are openings in the landscape to see the terrain, buildings, houses, and the Christmas tree farms which are growing acres and acres of every variety of Christmas trees known to God. We...

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Jun 19, 2009 - Mt. St Helens

While Mt St. Helens is not a National Park, it is another one of those "can't miss" locations if you make it to Washington State. True to our vacation so far, today was cold and rainy. We never saw the top of the crater, and it rained most of the time we were there. YUK! The volcano inside Mt St Helens erupted at 8:32 on May 18, 1980. It started with an earthquake that triggered a massive explosion and subsequent landslide that sent ash 60,000 feet in the air. The blast carried winds that reached 670 mph with temperatures that reached 800...

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Sep 26, 2007 - Mt. Saint Helens

Al and I were lucky enough to be in town when the Puyallup Fair opened. Even luckier, my good friend Cloady joined us. Long a tradition in my life, the fair was just wonderful. The favorite was the "Mutton Bustin" - a new sport to me. Parents pay $10 to put their 2-6 year olds on a sheep's back, then the chute swings open. The child that can hang onto the wool the longest wins. Fifty percent cried when faced with the possibility of actually following through with the ride. All children that object are immediately taken off - no refunds....

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