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Aug 8, 2016 - Clean up

This is the view from our campsite. This afternoon I watched a bald eagle dive into this lake for a fish! The rest of the day I spent washing and cleaning the outside of the motorhome, while Karen worked on the inside and did some laundry. We plan on leaving here tomorrow....

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Aug 7, 2016 - Bigfoot

The first order of the day was church at Castle Rock. The second was a stop at the visitors center there, they had the most beautiful flowers. The third was a stop at a local restaurant which was a bad experience. With all that behind us we head east down 504 toward Mt. St. Helens. On the way we came upon Bigfoot, and I didn't believe that he was real!!!! Ha. Karen liked him anyway. The visitor center at Mt. St. Helens was very interesting with 2 movies to watch that made it easier to get your mind around it. With the landslide and the...

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Aug 6, 2016 - Mt St Helens

We woke up early and went into Subway for one of their breakfast sandwichs. It was great! We had neihhbors overnight that were in a tent. I think that was a first for us at Walmart. We kept traveling south on I5 to Mt. St. Helens. Stopping first at one of the visitor centers for an interesting movie and exhibits. We'll do more of that tomorrow. Then we continued up the road a few miles to our campground....

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Jul 4, 2013 - On the Road

Happy 4th of July to you all. This date finds us in Silver Lake Washington, traveling with our family, Jerry and Dianne. They have a nice Jayco trailer parked right next to us and today their friends came in to see them and are camped a bit farther away. Debbie and I departed Boise Idaho June 28th 2013 and traveled to Ridgefield Washington to a RV site called Big Fir Campground. The place was pretty busy due to a car show at the Clark County fairgrounds and we were given a very nice pull through site. The downside was the bathroom / shower...

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Jul 29, 2012 - Silver Lake, WA (Mt. St. Helens)

We stayed 40 miles away from Mount St. Helens and drove over to see this amazing sight. In 1980 she erupted after a 5.1 magnitude earthquake. First stop was 20+ miles away from the volcano where they declared the blast zone. You could see where the heat and force of the eruption blast devastated everything in its path. What was once a symmetrical snowy mountain peak is now a crater bowl with a very active lava dome that occasionally vents. There are huge tree stumps that are leaning in the direction of the lateral blast. Because this...

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Sep 10, 2011 - Silverlake, WA

Today we left Olympia and drove to Silverlake, WA, which is near the beginning of Rt. 504, the scenic highway leading to Mount St. Helens. It was a short drive, about 60 miles. After we got hooked up at the campground, we drove a couple miles to the Visitor Center to plan our visit to the mountain. We decided that, although it was only a 45-minute drive to the observation area, it was too late in the day to start out. So we took a walk along the mile-long nature trail around the Visitor Center, with beautiful views of the mountain in the...

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2011 Northwest Trip

Jun 6, 2010 - Mt. St. Helens, WA

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument is a fascinating place. It blew off 1313 feet of its top on May 18, 1980 and shot a dense plume of smoke and ash 80,000 feet into the air which then created a mile wide avalanche which flowed 15 miles. Mud and logs surged down the rivers while ash turned daylight to midnight for 100 miles. Even though there had been warnings for 2 months that it was going to erupt - 57 people were killed, including scientists who were studying the mountain - because they didn't anticipate the extent of the...

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Westward Ho - Again

Aug 21, 2009 - Mount St Helens

The trip August 18th from Kent to Silver Lake on I-405 to I-5 south to Castle Rock then east on Washington 504 to Silver Lake was uneventful. However, the road into the gate of the Silver Lake RV Resort where we stayed was under construction so we were delayed about 15 minutes. The RV Park was new and we had a large, wide site with one neighbor, well not counting the deer. We drove back to Castle Rock late in the afternoon and had dinner with our friends Bob and Anita Craig. They had driven up from their home near Clatskanie, Oregon where...

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Pacific Coast 2009

Jul 20, 2008 - Mt. St. Helens WA

Mt. St. Helens catastrophically erupted on May 18, 1980, totally devastating the surrounding area, killing 57 people, destroying 250 homes, 47 bridges, 15 miles of railway, and 185 miles of highway. The mountain had been called the Mt. Fuji of the US because of its snowy and perfect cone shape ; it was over 9600 feet high. The eruption caused a sideward blast and ejection that created a hole in the side and destroyed the conical top, leaving it about 1300 feet lower. The “Blast Zone” is 230 sq. mi, some of which is still barren and...

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Ron & Jane's Travels

Jun 12, 2007 - Mount St. Helens, Washington

We arrived in Silver Lake, Washington on Monday, June 11 and stayed at Seaquest State Park which is approximately 40 miles from Mount St. Helens. We were lucky and when we got up on Tuesday morning it was a beautiful clear day, perfect for viewing Mount St. Helens. Many days it is foggy and you can't see the mountain very clear. At 8:32 on May 18, 1980 a 5.1 earthquake shook Mount St. Helens triggering a massive explosion. The release of gases trapped inside the volcano sent 1,300 feet of the top of the mountain outward to the north. Hot...

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