|Crossing the Columbia River|
The views were beautiful, with valleys and mountains.
As we headed up the mountain side it started to rain and got a little foggy.
Then it started to turn to snow and within less than 5 miles there was already 3 inches or more on the ground. When we got to White Pass, an appropriate name, we pulled off to the side of the road to let semi's pass us. We decided to continue on and we were so glad we did, as they ended up with 8" of snow that night. Within a few miles down the other side it turned back into rain again. Really don't want to make it a habit of driving the RV in snow!
We stayed at the Packwood RV Park. The campground is pretty rustic, most of it was closed for the season already. We had full hook ups but only 30-amp electric. The lots were good sized so you weren't on top of your neighbor. The best part of the camp ground was that a herd of elk came through every day.
The town of Packwood is known as the town that hosts the largest flea market in the Northwest. It is held every Memorial Day and Labor Day. Other than that there is not a whole lot in town. We enjoyed our morning coffee from the Mountain Goat Coffee shop. An adorable place with local art work for sale and the cutest flower pots and garbage cans.
|Waterfall on the side of the road at Johnston Ridge|
At 8:32 am, Sunday, May 18, 1980 Mt.St. Helens erupted and blew down or scorched 230 square miles of forest, recovery of the area continues today.
The volcano continued to erupt until 1986, violently at first, then quietly building a lava dome over time, Thick, gooey lava oozed out, piling on top of itself until it reached 920 feet in height.
|The zigzag pattern is the stairs!|
Once again we were all alone, everyone else was smart enough to not be hiking that day, so Mielikki was able to run and explore to her hearts content.
The two mile trail twisted and turned with some great views of a valley and surrounding ridges. The views made the frozen fingers worth it.
The Lava Canyon, was so much more than we expected.Looking at this "river" left us speechless. It's hard to understand that this wide expanse of grey rock was a hot, steaming mass of lava creeping along the ground, destroying everything in its place.
Most of the roads in Mt Rainier National Park were closed for the season, and based on the snow we saw on the main road through the park we can see why. The day we were there was a beautiful clear day, an unusual event around here!
|This is just the beginning!|
Roadside waterfalls are always a treat, and Nancy loves to climb under overpasses to find other ones.
This picture looks out of focus but it isn't. These trees, we think they are King Pines, are all over both parks and it actually hurts your eyes to look at them while driving by. There are acres and acres of them.
Next stop, Hansville, WA to spend some time with family. Les's brother Dave and his wife Sue have set up a space for our RV on their property. Looking forward to family time, down time, and of course exploring the area.
Till we meet again....
Happy Trails to you!
Tips and things we have learned along the way.
~ Before heading out to our next destination we check all possible routes. Sometimes the shortest most direct route may not be the best to travel with an RV. We use a regular map as well as Google maps to check for mountain passes, sharp curves in the road or lots of hills that may cause issues with an almost 65 foot load (the RV and car tow dolly). This may mean you have to take a little longer to get to your destination but that is better than getting stuck along the short route.