Back into the Warm and Dry
Trip Start May 10, 2013
15Trip End Sep 26, 2013
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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
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
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.