Our visit to Portland and a trip to Mount Saint Helens

 We have finished up with our 6 day visit to Portland and have made another move. We spent some time visiting with Diane’s Mom which was the main reason for us going to Portland. She turns 91 at the end of the month. Last year for her 90th she wanted to go bowling and this year she is pretty much bed & chair ridden and hardly puts sentences together, what a difference 1 year can make.

 We won’t go into all the family stuff but I bet there are a number of you that have gone through this type of thing. She seems content being in her room listening to old time music with short stents out on her deck in the sunshine in her own little world.

 Other than visiting family we did take a day for a road trip to Mount Saint Helens. I thought I had a route planned that we could accomplish in a nice half day outing but as it turned out I was wrong. We left home about 9am and didn’t make it back home until after 7PM. But it was a nice drive and it was a good excuse to stop for dinner, we didn’t even pack a lunch because we didn’t figure we would be gone so long.

Mt Saint Helens

Mt Saint Helens

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 Obviously everyone has heard about Mount Saint Helens so we will just share a few pictures from our day.

That was a bunch of steps to reach the top but it was well worth it. Great view from the top.

That was a bunch of steps to reach the top but it was well worth it. Great view from the top.

Get on up there!!

Get on up there!!

Another view from the top of the stairs.

Another view from the top of the stairs.

Mount Saint Helens. A view from the top of the stairs.

Mount Saint Helens. A view from the top of the stairs.

Mt. Adams

Mt. Adams

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Mt. Hood

Mt. Hood

I think that's Muddy River down there.

I think that’s Muddy River down there.

All that white in the lake is logs from the blast. The blast knocked them down and the lake water rose and then washed the tree's back into the lake.

All that white in the lake is logs from the blast. The blast knocked them down and the lake water rose and then washed the tree’s back into the lake.

Spirit Lake

Spirit Lake

Spirit Lake from the top of the stairs. See the two light dots in the water to the left? The small dot closest to us is where the lodge once stood.

Spirit Lake from the top of the stairs. See the two light dots in the water to the left? The small dot closest to us is where the lodge once stood.

 We spent 6 days in Portland and on Tuesday July 5th we lifted our jacks and drove 250 miles back to Grants Pass to pick up our new 2016 F150 pickup and start the process of getting it ready to tow along with us. We have a lot to do and almost every day has something scheduled to be done until we hope to depart on July 12th.

 We are a couple days into the process at this point and already we have hit a slight roadblock that has put us behind but we won’t go into that in this update, we will in the next one. So keep your fingers crossed for us having a smooth transition.   

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4 Responses to Our visit to Portland and a trip to Mount Saint Helens

  1. Steve Dwyer says:

    Nice pictures Dave, you guys are brave walking to the top. I would have been road (stair) kill long before I reached the top. LOL

    • Dave & Diane says:

      Well Steve, when I saw a guy that looked to be 20 years my senior head up I just couldn’t think of any good excuses not to myself, but I tried LOL!!! Not really, it wasn’t bad at all.

  2. Nancy says:

    What a wonderful day at Mt Saint Helens!!! We were there but it was gray and rainy;o((

    Going through family (mom) stuff here in South Carolina…everybody gets their turn.

  3. colibabas says:

    We were camping in the middle of nowhere on Vancouver Island and heard a loud boom. Didn’t know about the volcano until we got home. There was ash in the air around Victoria. Had since camped in the St Helens area but was too foggy to see anything so thanks for the tour!

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