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Jul 17, 2013 - Mount St Helens, WA

We are on our way to Olympic National Park and we found ourselves near Mount St Helens. Everything within 10 miles of the volcano is now wasteland due to its 1980 eruption, and it has been made a National Volcanic Preserve. We went to the nearby visitor center where we learned all about the events of 1980 and the geologic history of MSH.

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Jul 10, 2012 - Day Trip: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, WA

We take Route 504 today to Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. It is a hazy. The elevation at our park is less than 500 feet. Our only stop is at Hoffstadt Bluffs Visitor Center at 1,400 feet. The road twists and turns as we climb to the Johnston Ridge Observatory at 4,200 feet. At the observatory, I get my stamp. We watch a movie that includes footage we saw on TV in 1980. That was over thirty years ago and watching the eruption here is different! At the end of the movie the screen rises, the curtains open and we get a...

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Jun 5, 2010 - Mount St. Helens

Today the sun is shining and the sky is a cloudless blue. Sure beats all the rain we have had. Portland has had it’s normal June rainfall in the first 4 days of the month. Needless to say, Paul has not been mowing much lawn lately … Rain is forecasted for tomorrow … YUK! Anyway, today being such a beautiful day, we decided to take a ride up to Mt. St Helens. We found the mountain was still covered with snow. Quite beautiful. Mount St. Helens is most famous for its catastrophic eruption on May 18, 1980, at 8:32 am, which was the deadliest...

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Oct 4, 2009 - Our visit to Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument

We traversed the Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument from north to south and made a couple of detours to see other aspects (we even took a look from the back and the dome is not visible from there). Looking at it today it hardly seems the active volcano it was (I actually had the opportunity to fly over in that other era). Of course it just awes even in a static state and is beautiful.

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Retirement Tour 2009

Jul 26, 2009 - Mt St Helens/Columbia River

On Friday July 24, we spent most of the day touring Portland. We had met a lady at Tillicum campground who was from Portland and she said that when we arrived in the area, she would love to show us around...So we took her up on it. We visited the downtown area, the Willamette River area (which runs through downtown)..several gardens including the Rose Garden and Chinese Garden...which normally I am not a big fan of, but they were beautiful and very interesting....My dad would have LOVED these. Since I was paying (as she was the...

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Oct 11, 2007 - White Pass and Mt St Helens

Sorry we've been a little behind in adding some more stuff. This posts phots show the White Pass area that joins the Washington State Wine country to the Mount Rainier/Mount St Helens area (closer to the coast). The scenery was very nice thru the pass and also at our campsite in Mossyrock, WA. Just a day or two after we went thru, a plane crashed, with 10 people aboard, all lost. Very rugged area. Speaking of rugged- Mt St Helens was quite an experience. Photos don't do it justice. The devastation is hard to comprehend even after being...

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Jun 5, 2007 - Mt. Rainier National Park

Had an easy 180 mile day Monday on the trip from Chimacum to Randle Washington. We picked Randle because it had a ½ price Passport America campground and because it was half way between Mt. St. Helens and Mt Rainier National Park. It rained most of the way, but what do you expect, Paul just washed both the rig and the towed the day before we left .... We got in about 1:30 and spent the rest of the day catching up on budget stuff and checking out what to see in the area ... Tuesday we decided to see if we could get up to see Mt. Rainier....

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May 26, 2007 - Mt. St. Helens

Saturday, May 26, 2007, we drove north of Portland, Oregon on I-5 to the little town of Castle Rock, Washington. About two miles east of Castle Rock on highway 504 was the Mt. St. Helens RV Park. It was a small RV park with terraced rows of RVs. It was Memorial Day weekend so the RV park was almost full. Sunday it was cloudy and cool and all day it looked like it might rain. We figured that Mt. St. Helens would probably be hidden in the clouds, so we just stayed at home (RV) that day. Monday was to be cloudy in the morning but clearing in...

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May 21, 2007 - Road trip shakedown

Before we left our jobs, we took a trip to Oregon to visit old friends. A good old fashioned road trip, and the first real step in loosening the roots we'd established in California. We stopped in Eugene, Oregon, to see my old coach and my old running team, moved there from Stanford. They are in the heart of Nike country, getting ready for the 2008 Olympic Trials. We stayed with my old room-mate Rob (he's "Big Rob" cause he's 6-foot-3), and went out for dinner with cousin Kathy on the riverfront. Big Rob was there at the beginning - when I...

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Sep 4, 2005 - Randle, Washington - Maple Grove RV Park

We have been relaxing at the Maple Grove RV Park in Randle, Washington, since last Wednesday, August 31. This is one of our membership "home" parks, so we have been here several times through the years. This resort is in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, situated between Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens. Leaves are beginning to turn color on the hills in a preview of autumn's imminent arrival. A portion of the resort is nestled among huge maple trees on the banks of the Cowlitz River. This river flows from a glacier on the flank of Mt....

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Aug 27, 2005 - Silver Creek, Washington

This is the middle of the week spent at Paradise Resort perched high on a hill just west of Mayfield Lake. The park has the typical amenities including swimming pools, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard, etc. What we found unique was the presence of two small lakes. The smaller lake holds several small islands while the larger lake is open and is ten acres in size. There are several row boats, kayaks, and canoes available for the use of campers. We decided to baptize our own new inflatable kayak (the one mentioned earlier when we bought it at the...

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