From our trip. Not that there was a whole lot to get rested up from.
Tuesday, SWMBO cleared her schedule and we got up early and was out of the house by 0900 on our way to Mt. St. Helenâ€™s. Way cool! Day Trip Day Trip Day Trip!
We got to the turn off I-5 to Mt. St. Helenâ€™s about 1100 but spent so much time stopping at every view point on the way to take pictures that we didnâ€™t get to the Johnston Ridge Observatory until 1300 or so.
We hit the Hoffstadt Bluffs Visitorâ€™s Center and took a lot of pictures. Then we stopped by some bridge view point and took a lot of pictures. Then we stopped at the Mt. St. Helenâ€™s Forest Learning Center and took a lot of pictures. (All the exhibits were closed though or weâ€™d have spent more time there.) A few miles further and we stopped at another view point and took a lot of pictures. About a mile farther on we stopped at another view point and took a lot of pictures. Saw an awful of of â€œashâ€ piles and downed trees and such. Neat.
Then we finally got to the Johnston Ridge Observatory.
Spent 3 hours or so walking around, up and down, and just taking in the mountain. It captures your attention and doesnâ€™t let go! Looking up into the Caldera and seeing steam rising is way cool! The observatory is only 6 miles from the center of the caldera.
The Observatory is way cool also with lots of exhibits to read and things to see. (But youâ€™d expect that!)
But, we shoulda packed a lunch. About 1500 we started getting really hungry. The â€œfood trailerâ€ in the parking lot didnâ€™t take debit cards so we took off for home; with the plan to stop on the way back for something to eat.
We shoulda packed a lunch. Stopped at the Hoffstadt Bluffâ€™s Visitorâ€™s Center cafÃ© and paid WAY too much for a meal. $12 for a buffalo burger. $10 for a regular burger. Both werenâ€™t worth it. The buns were larger than everything else put together!
But I did get some video of the site-seeing helicopter taking off and landing. That was cool! They charge a lot for that ride tho: $219 PER PERSON for the two of us. Only $169 if we could get another person to go along. (I think itâ€™s $100 each for four to go.) Sure, Iâ€™d love to take a ride but I think Iâ€™d have to win the lotto first. And I really wouldnâ€™t want to go without SWMBO; if possible.
Got home about 1830 and had my usual Wednesday Evening Mason County Amateur Radio Club Chat Net at 1930. Crashed early since I was kind of tired from all that driving. We went about 380 miles (or so). Hardly any real traffic problems at all.
It was a great trip with Great company! I really enjoy getting out and about with SWMBO.
Pretty much back to routine now.
My Gallery has been going TU so I downloaded another one and have spent a couple of hours setting it up and getting our pictures back up. For some reason the Gallery wonâ€™t generate the thumbnails or resize EVERY picture in my Mt. St. Helenâ€™s pictures album. Still working on that. Otherwise I like this new program.
Wx is warm and getting warmer for the Belfair Bites this Saturday. Woo Hoo!