All that mudflow used to be lush forest.
Mt. St. Helens. The mudslides carved up the side of the
mountain. The mountain used to be 1500 feet taller.
Downed trees flowed downriver and wreaked havoc.
The wind was so powerful during the eruption that acres of
trees were blown over and stripped. The lumber destroyed
could have built 500,000 homes.
The Washington coast is treacherous.
Ocean Spray has many cranberry growers in this region.
This region is one of the major cranberry producing regions
in the country.
A service station.
The electric company.
Les Schwab Tires.
A trinket shop.
The shoe store.
The grounds of Columbia Crest were beautifully kept.
And the wine was very tasty
One of the many million roses at the winery.
July 20-27, 2007 - Now that we purchased a truck in northern
Oregon, we needed to get a new cap so everything in the truck
bed would be protected from the elements. We had to wait three
weeks for the new cap, so we used that time to explore southern
Washington. Our first stop was Mt. St. Helens. We discovered it
had been spewing and sputtering since May. Steam rose out of
the top, engulfing the area and giving the barren landscape and
stories of the 1980 eruption a spooky reality.
Next up was a visit to the Long Beach peninsula. The skies were
grey and the air was damp and cold, but the area was lovely. We
walked out to Long Beach and saw more evidence of this very
treacherous coastline: a government buoy had washed ashore
into the grass. There have been thousands of shipwrecks along
this coast as well. We also learned that this is a rich cranberry
growing region. There was even a cranberry research station and
museum that showed all the crazy methods people have used
over the years to harvest cranberries.
As we drove along the scenic back roads we came across the tiny
town of Milton-Freewater. They loves frogs. Every business in
town had a frog statue out front. They were charming.
Winding back through southeastern Washington we stopped in
at Columbia Crest Winery. Their gorgeous landscaping and
buildings were a treat to walk through, and the wine wasn't bad
Roses grow really well around here and many people have them in their yards.
Our travels next took us from southern Washington into the central and