Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens

It has been a very busy few days since we left the Olympic Peninsula. On Monday, we headed southeast to check out Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens.  After setting up camp in our less than desirable campground, we went to Mt. Rainier right away. Luckily, we had gotten an early start and had a relatively short drive, leaving the whole afternoon to explore the park.  Mt. Rainier was quite impresssive.  The size and scope made you feel pretty small and every view looked fake.  We took a few short walks and had fun trying to get a timer shot of the gang once again.
More wildflowers with the other side of Mt St Helens
More wildflowers in front of the blast side of Mt St Helens

The next day we set out early to visit Mt. St. Helens (no need to hang in the parking lot of a campground with the Clampits patrolling with shotguns, really).  On the way, Lindsay shared fond memories of learning about Mt. St. Helens in third grade.  Chris and Kim found the blast side interesting and quite different than the southside they visited a week or so ago.  We stopped at the visitor centers, got some souveniers, and took a few walks/hikes to check out the views.  The wildflowers were great again, the sun was shining, and Lindsay was whining:) She was less than pleased when we embarked on a 2.5 mile loop through hummocks created by the 1980 eruption.  She later agreed that the views were pretty cool though she could barely enjoy them due to the hiking part.  She faked it well for the timer shot though. It’s ok, a little shopping and a good dinner worked her out of her mood. 

Since the campground was so yucky (tech term), and we had visited both parks we wanted to check out, we all decided to head to Seattle for the last day.  We got up super early and, while the kids slept, Kim and Chris packed up and relocated to a park near Seattle. We had a fun afternoon checking out Pikes Place Market, where they throw the fish, and spending time in the (much nicer) campground playing ladderball and having a fire.  Tomorrow the kids are off… We will miss them.

4 Responses to “Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens”

  1. The Mommie Unit says:

    God either I am completely out of the loop or your vocabularies are really starting to expand.

    Unless this is some secret RV code, what exactly is a Clampits? I quote from your blog,

    “no need to hang in the parking lot of a campground with the Clampits patrolling with shotguns, really”

    As long as you are explaining a Clampit what exactly is a hummocks?

    Now that Princess Lindsay is gone it’s back to some serious hiking hey guys!

    Love mom

  2. admin says:

    Hi Mom,

    Once again you make us laugh:) Come on the Clampits are from your era- don’t you remember the Beverly Hillbillies? And yes, the managers of the campground shared that they patrol with shotguns at night so we had nothing to worry about. The fact that they shared that, had us all worrying.

    We didn’t know what a hummock was either. They are actually hills created by debris in the “blast zone” following a volcanic eruption. As the vegetation regrows they eventually just look like rolling hills.

    We had a great time with the kids and miss them already, but yes, we are looking forward to some serious hilking. My hair is still pink and I continue to try and come to terms with my temporary lapse of reason. Hope all is well with you guys.

    Love ya,

  3. Amy Hogle says:

    Hi Kim!

    I love the hair! 🙂 That is just so cool that you would do that with Lindsay! The pictures have been amazing to see. Thanks for sharing your adventures. Wishing you well and looking forward to your return in Novemeber! 🙂

    Best Wishes,

  4. admin says:

    Hi Amy,

    Good to hear from you. I hope you and the family are enjoying your July 4th weekend (camping?). Thank you for your support with the hair. It’s nice to hear that other adults don’t think i’m too crazy. I am hopeful it will be back to normal by November when I return (sooner would be better).

    Wishing you a great summer!


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