The Mountain Test

Mt. Saint Helens and Mt. Rainier were on the to-do list, so those were next.  This was also a chance to restore our confidence in the bus and new motor.

Saint Helens was a pretty impressive sight.  You kinda have to imagine what the mountain used to look like to really appreciate the amount of power and destruction behind the landslide and subsequent eruption.  I remember being glued to the TV watching the news footage as a kid.  The movie at the visitor’s center helps recall some of those memories and answer any lingering questions.  The ranger talk was intentionally goofy. Bode liked it, but it did not seem to hinder his unending questions about volcanoes.  Volcanoes are pretty cool.  We could have a future geologist on our hands, but he still claims fireman.

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We had a blast at St. Helens (yuk, yuk) and Rainier was next.  We almost turned around because of a major fire on White’s Pass.  The smoke was thick and we weren’t really sure what we were driving into.  We got a recommendation on where to go to watch the blaze, but decided that wasn’t really on the itinerary.  Once we turned toward Rainier proper and climbed a bit in altitude, the smoke cleared up and we could focus on the 14,000 ft peak.  Again, we skipped on any major billy goat climbing adventures and just took some pictures and enjoyed the scenery from Paradise,WA.

4 thoughts on “The Mountain Test

  • October 3, 2009 at 8:50 PM

    I was in Seattle atttending College, and was having a bite to eat at some cafe in the south industrial area of Seattle (cheap and tasty food) When St. Helens blew her top. I remember feeling the shock wave, thinking theose damn Russians went and did it. And hoping we were able to get a return missle launched.
    I was pretty paranoid in those days.

  • October 4, 2009 at 9:46 PM

    firemen … way sexier than geologists.

  • October 4, 2009 at 9:50 PM

    ps: train tix went on sale today. they are playing the fillmore on 10/23, the day before steely dan plays the masonic! the utimate sf concert weekend. wish you were gonna be here to tease me all weekend long!


  • October 5, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    I’m pleased you had such beautiful weather for your trip to Mt. St. Helens. I’m still awed by it all – and I new it well in it’s previous look…. Damn sorry to hear about being taken on the engine repair – makes me furious! But I have to agree, Portlanders are a nice bunch through and through – even for this transplanted Washingtonian… Enjoy the Penninsula!

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