Back into the Warm and Dry

Trip Start May 10, 2013
Trip End Sep 26, 2013

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

We got out of River's End about ten AM on Monday and headed up the Washington side of the Columbia.  We'd traveled this route before, but with a year's time passing, most of it looked unfamiliar to me.  It's a relatively windy road, but we did fine and got to I-5 again without incident after having stopped in Longview to gas up Shorty and pick up a few items at the place with the big parking lot, the Dubya Store. 

We took the northwestern approach to Mount St. Helens.  We had been there with Lisa and Rich in 2000.  It's the side that shows the "blow out" pretty well, IF the sky is clear. 

It had been raining off and on, but was decent weather when we arrived at Seaquest State Park.  It's just a few miles before you reach Toutle.  If you remember the history at all, a fellow named Harry Truman was a hold out and died when the mountain blew up.

Anyway, we got set up in a full-hookup area and then drove to the Visitors Center to check in.  We bought a Washington State Discover Pass for $30 to help support the State Parks, much as we did in Texas, Florida and Georgia.  

The rain didn't do much through the evening or night and was relative dry on Tuesday morn, but, no clear sky.

We decided to try to find the pull-out where we visited in 2000.  We stopped at an Elk Viewing Area high above the valley floor, but saw no elk, even with the new camera's telephoto mode.  

We hiked a mile or so at Coldwater Lake and eventually found Lollit View Point, the spot we were looking for.  It was cold and windy, so we didn't take the trail this time.  I got a few shots to prove to Lisa that we'd made it and headed back down the mountain.  

We drove back to Castle Rock, where we'd turned off of I-5, so I could gas up the Sooby.  Gas is  running about $3.69/.79 in this area.

Tomorrow we'll head to Rimrock RV Park, which is located about ten miles east of White Pass near Mount Rainier.  There are lots of open campsites now that the high tourist season is over.  I called ahead and found it to be true there too.  
Soon the hunters will be coming to all of the open land and taking over the parks.  I imagine the hunt for both deer and elk.  Reminds me of back in the "dark ages," when I did the same.

This is a bit late due to lack of Internet Access.  Here at Seaquest the phone is basically nil and text is a bit spotty, but, there's lots of green stuff to see. ;o)  

I'll prepare the photos and have them ready when all is well comunication-wise. 

As you can see, we did make it off of the mountain and are now in Yakima at Sportsman State Park, only a few miles from downtown.  It's a real gem of a place with lots to see and many trails.  You will find out about in the next edition.
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ferdie on

Nice area! Amazing after all that took place there! Really want to get out there and see that area. Taking off on the "scoot" tomorrow for SooFoo! Old hyw. 12 past haunts visited with family as a kid...also area where my Dad grew up! Hugs....

Sus on

Hey you two...good to hear from yas. Cold and rainy here. Looked like snow on Baldy this evening. Love the pics. Some beautiful places. Off to bed, some of us have to work in the a.m. Love yas

photodon on

Great to hear from youse. Nice pix, as usual. Must be a good camera, eh?

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