Mt. St. Helen, Crater Lake and Newberry Photos

Well, now that we are home and have some acceptable internet, I will add some photos from the end of our trip.  These will be of Mount St. Helen’s, Crater Lake and Newberry Volcanic Monument.  These were additions to our trip that weren’t planned but were really interesting.

Lake formed by the explosion.

Lake formed by the explosion.

Excellent Ranger Talk at the Visitor Center

Excellent Ranger Talk at the Visitor Center

Mt. St. Helens today.

Mt. St. Helens today.

Pumice Desert at Crater Lake.

Pumice Desert at Crater Lake.

Wizard Island in Crater Lake.

Wizard Island in Crater Lake.

Crater Lake.

Crater Lake.

Obsidian Lava Flow.

Obsidian Lava Flow.

Another View of Lava Flow.

Another View of Lava Flow.

Lava Flow with lake in distance.

Lava Flow with lake in distance.

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The Finale

Tomorrow afternoon, our great Alaskan Adventure ends. We are currently in Lyman, Wyoming, about 330 miles from home. To finish our trip, we had some halibut we caught in Homer on the grill for supper. We had a relaxing dip in the pool beforehand. What a great trip. We finished by going to Crater Lake, Newberry Volcano Monument and crossing the Snake River in Idaho. And as much as we saw, we didn’t scratch the surface. But, we are almost in sensory overload from glaciers, bears, waterfalls, scenery and great food. Not to mention Halibut and Salmon fishing. I will post some more photos once we get home. But, the photos don’t do it justice. They are just a memory refresher of the sights, sounds and smells of the trip. If you haven’t done Alaska, put it on your bucket list. It has been a lot of fun traveling with Terrie, Tammie, Gary, Wally and Sirius. For over three months and 13,000 miles we have shared just about every evening meal and almost every mile together. It truly was “A Great Adventure”.

1st Issue with Ram Truck

Well, we were on our way to Crater Lake today from Kelso, Washington. We stopped near the summit of Highway 26 at Government Camp Rest Area. Went to take a picture of Mt. Hood. Walking back to the truck I saw liquid dripping out. Noticed it was antifreeze. When we opened the hood and inspected , there was a pinhole leak in a plastic Y on the radiator hose. After a half hour of phone calls, I talked to service at Gresham Dodge. Temporary fix with JB Weld, drop the RV off at Mt. Hood Alpine Resort and get it to the dealer for repairs. Hope to be back on the road in a day or two.

Oregon

We are leaving the Rainier area to venture deeper into Oregon.  Tomorrow night we plan on camping near Crater Lake for a few nights before heading east toward Idaho, Wyoming and Colorado.  It has been a great trip, as I’ve said numerous times.  Today, we went to visit Mt. St. Helens.  It was much more interesting than I ever thought it would be.  I can only imagine what we’ll see at Crater Lake.  Our internet here is as bad as anywhere other than when we had none.  So, pictures will be later.  Right now it looks like we have five nights on the road after tonight.

Back in the Lower 48

We have really had a great trip, seen a lot of beautiful sights, had a lot of great food, and as a result, spent a lot of money.  But, it is the trip of a lifetime and it is almost over.  We are currently in Stanwood, Washington which is north of Seattle.  Yesterday, we went down to Pike Place Market and had a nice lunch at Ivar’s on Pier 54.  Then, we went and looked at new fifth wheels.  Tomorrow, we are headed to Rainier, Oregon to visit Terrie and Tammie’s Aunt Shirley, and maybe see Mt. St. Helens.  After two nights there, we are headed down to Crater Lake before heading east.  We have had wonderful weather since hitting the lower 48, with highs in the 80’s and nice evenings in the upper 50’s and plenty of sunshine.  At the Cedar’s RV in Ferndale, we even picked blackberries.  The fresh fruit is really plentiful here in Washington state.

We got to visit some very unique campgrounds on the way down the Cassiar Highway in BC.  We stayed at Cassiar RV at the intersection of the Yellowhead and Cassiar Highways.  Native culture in the area allowed us to see some very authentic totem poles and Native fish enumeration of returning sockeye salmon.  We also stayed at Gold Trail RV, where the owner came and directed to our site in his cooking apron, cooked us dinner (for a price) and insulted us for free.  Quite unique.  We also visited historic Fort St. James, where a historic Hudson Bay fort has been recreated.  Smoke from the forest fires hastened our trip back to the lower 48, so we are about five days ahead of schedule.  So, I will try to add some photos of our recent travels.  I hope you enjoy them as our trip runs to a close.

Historic Bell Tower.

Historic Bell Tower.

Totem poles and grave markers in front of Native Lodge.

Totem poles and grave markers in front of Native Lodge.

Last Glacier.

Last Glacier.

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Fur room at Fort St. James

Fur room at Fort St. James

Recreated store at Fort St. James.

Recreated store at Fort St. James.

Chicken races.

Chicken races.

Hide tanning at Fort St. James.

Hide tanning at Fort St. James.

Our unique campground in Clinton, BC.

Our unique campground in Clinton, BC.

Tammie with the "spoon" for dessert.

Tammie with the “spoon” for dessert.

Forest Fires in BC

We spent the night in Vanderhoof. Smoke from forest fires has reduced air quality and visibility. We are headed to Fort St. James and then we’ll see how far we can get. If you have an I device and want to stay at Dave’s RV and want internet – don’t. $3/device and then we found out it doesn’t work with I devices. No refund.