DAY 42 - PORTLAND, OREGON
JUNE 24 , 2014
We got up bright and early to catch the bus for our trip to the Mount St. Helens in Washington. Our bus arrived at 7:45 and had everyone on the bus by 8:00. We are off to another great adventure.
Our first stop was at Mount St. Helens Visitor Center. We viewed a movie and went through the information center with various information about the volcano of Mount St. Helen.
This October will mark the 10th anniversary of the volcano's dramatic 2004 reawakening and start of a three-year-long eruption that built a 1,000 foot tall lava dome in the crater.
|Don & Mae at the Visitor Center|
|This is a display of the mountain ranges|
in the Mount St. Helens Vicinity
Our next stop was the North Fork of the Toutle River, where one of the main streams from the volcano flowed and of course the famous home of 'Big Foot'. At this area a family had built a brand new A-Frame home. But never moved in because the 1st floor was filled with volcano debris.
|A-Frame filled with debris|
|Ronnie & Roland with Big Foot|
|Elsie watch where you are standing|
|We found Big Foot|
|Don't bother me now, I'm eating|
|The view from the restaurant at Hoffstadt Bluffs|
|Before the Volcano|
|After the Volcano|
We then moved on to the Johnston Ridge Observatory. We viewed an excellent movie on the how the volcano erupted and how it effected the area. This movie, and the information center, is one not to miss if you ever go there.
Next spring they will commemorate the 35th anniversary of the May 18,1980 eruption. As everyone remembers the catastrophic events and all that was lost, you can't help but be amazed at the pace of returning life and astounding rebirth that has occurred since 1980.
|Mount St. Helen is in the distance|
|There are trees and flowers everywhere|
|Flowers among the destroyed trees|
We boarded the bus to begin our journey back to the RV Park. On the way we saw mountains covered with the growth of new trees. And even saw a truck that was destroyed by the debris of Mount St. Helen.
|Pete & Verna getting on the bus|
|WOW is this beautiful|
|Look closely at the two trees growing out of the truck|
Another Great Day.
Rig #17 Dudley & Rexine