While in the Seattle area we visited many well known landmarks – the Space Needle, the Museum of Flight, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, and a little town called Fremont that is famous for the giant troll living under the freeway. These pictures are worth thousands words, for sure!
On no! The Troll has caught our friends!!
Test Pilot – new career for Roberta?
(below) The mud flows are even more visible when covered by snow.
Even more than 3 decades after the eruption many trees still show the scars of the initial blast. The immediate area around the volcano has been preserved as a national monument so the natural evolution of the area after the volcanic eruption can be studied over time.
No trip to Washington state would be complete without a visit to
The day after we saw Mt. Rainier we went to visit an old high school friend of Dave’s who now lives in Kelso, WA and took him with us to a place called “Ape Caves”. The caves are really a huge hollow lava tube left behind after a volcanic eruption many thousands of years ago. The lava cooled so quickly it was left hollow inside.
After leaving southern Washington we headed south and east through Oregon along the I-84 and the Columbia River. We stopped at Bonneville Dam, the first dam built by the PWA during the Roosevelt years, and crossed the River by way of the Bridge of the Gods in a tiny town called Stevenson.
As the Thanksgiving holiday approached we made our way east to Boulder, Colorado to spend the week with Roberta’s brother’s family and her mom.