The Columbia River Gorge, Part II

Mt St Helens and wildflowers... and us

Mt St Helens and wildflowers... and us

After spending much of the past few days hiking and hunting waterfalls, we decided to take another scenic motorcycle loop.  This time we went north trying to get a view of Mt. St. Helens, the volcano that erupted in southern Washington on May 18, 1980.  To our surprise, we actually found a southern entrance to the Mt. St. Helens National Monument.  There were several hiking trails, some with interesting volcanic information. 

The exit of Ape Cave

The exit of Ape Cave

We checked out Ape Cave, which is an extensive lava tube discovered in the 1950’s from an age old eruption.  Chris did a little exploring but Kim didn’t make it much farther than the entrance, as it was very dark especially with the mini flashlights we just happened to have with us.

Mt St Helens and wildflowers...take 1

Mt St Helens and wildflowers...take 1

Another area in the park, Lava Canyon, offered incredible views from a new growth field. 

Mt St Helens and wildflowers...take 2

Mt St Helens and wildflowers...take 2

After taking a short hike to a waterfall in the Canyon we both took turns trying to capture the moment.

Upper Multnomah Falls

Upper Multnomah Falls

Today we woke up to torrential rain, which we thought would last all day.  Around noon there was a break in the nastiness, so we set out on foot once again.  After 200 miles of riding doubled up on the bike yesterday, we were ready to get back out on the walking trails.  Multnomah Falls, the highest waterfall in Oregon and right down the road from our campground, was our starting destination for another loop hike.

Wahkeena Spring

Wahkeena Spring

The 5 mile trail looped through old growth forest and several different springs and creeks that feed the waterfalls.

Clowning around in front of Fairie Falls

Clowning around in front of Fairie Falls

The sun didn’t last for long, hence the hats.  This weather makes for bad hair days (Kim’s Walmart haircut doesn’t help either!).  It was actually fun walking in the rain, but a bit chilly.  We were happy to have a camper to go back to instead of a tent today. As it turns out, after watching the news later, today was record setting day for rain in this area, go figure…

Tomorrow we head north into Washington.

10 Responses to “The Columbia River Gorge, Part II”

  1. lindsay lu lu says:

    3 more days

  2. Astro says:

    Mt. St. Helens…Eeek…She’s gonna blowwwwwwwwwwwww. Poof….Mushroom….We’ll most likely not, but I couldn’t resist. So, Sammy starts her summer vacation tomorrow. C’mon sing it with me, you know the song….”She’s on vacation, She’s on vacation….I’m going to go nuts because she’s on vacation….” Hope all is well in your neck of the woods, no pun intended. Keep in touch – XOXO SAMAS.

  3. lindsay lu lu says:

    2 MORE DAYS OMG I AM SOOO READY. when you get this give me a call i need to know what to bring and how much. i guessing you have shower stuff so i am thinking i dont need to bring any. but you also never know. ok well love you guys see you in 48 hours!!!!!!
    sooooooo pumped to see ya..LOVE lindsay brooke c(:

  4. josh says:

    you would never guess but were on the plain going to see you guys now and the plain has wifi so im able to write this to you well im flying lindsay says hii and we will see you in just a few hours 🙂 WE LOVE YOU

  5. Dave says:

    Hi Guys! Dropped off the kids at the airport this morning. They were awake already!! They are very excited about their visit… I’m sure they will have a great time!

    Have been following your travels on the blog and it sounds like your having a great time!

    Take care! Have fun. Dave

    • admin says:

      Hi Dave,

      They are here and safe. It is great to see them. Thanks for getting up at the crack of dawn (ok, before the crack of dawn) to get them to the airport. Stay tuned for their adventures. Say hi to Kathy:) Thanks for the well wishes. Wishing you both a warm and fun filled summer.

      Best Wishes,
      Kim and Chris

  6. Debbie says:

    Hi Guys
    Summer vacation at last! Haven’t written to you for a while but have been following your travels none the less. I loved going to Mt. St. Helen’s & Mt. Ranier. My brother & sister-in-law live in Auburn, WA. just south of Seattle. Gary & I are celebrating our 20th anniversary in NYC starting Monday. Going to see all the sites & a Yankees game too. Have fun in the Great Northwest!

    • admin says:

      Hi Debbie,

      So good to hear from you. Funny you should comment… I was just speaking with Chris about you and was going to email to see how you were doing. Glad to hear things are well and that you are in summer mode:) Wishing you and Gary a happy 20th and great fun in NYC.

  7. Dave says:

    Hi again,

    Thanks for the note guys. A good summer so far. Glad everyone is have fun. Its been fun to follow along on your adventures and listen to the kids talk about your travels! Glad to see Josh was able to use the Wifi on the plane. I noticed it when Grandpa and I flew to Washington a few weeks ago.

    I give you guys credit for taking the time and your trip. Many people wait until they retire for travel. Why wait!! Nice you were able to do it.

    Dave

    • admin says:

      Hi Dave,

      Thanks for the positive words. Good to hear summer is treating you well. It’s great to see the kids. Stay tuned:) Say hi to Kathy.

      Kim

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