2013 Western Road Trip Day 10, June 8th

I guess I’m getting senile because I keep forgetting places we have visited. In my last blog, I missed that we visited the salmon and sturgeon hatchery at the Bonneville dam. I believe that it is the only fish hatchery in the world that raises sturgeon, a fish with prehistoric roots. They have leathery skin with thick plates and now are fished for their roe which is served as caviar.

Big Fat Fish!

Big Fat Fish!

Adult Sturgeon can grow to 14 foot long. This one is about 11 foot.

Adult Sturgeon can grow to 14 foot long. This one is about 11 foot.

A face only a sturgeon would love!

A face only a sturgeon would love!

Today we again had perfect weather leaving Oceanside, WA toward Mt. Saint Helens. Our first stop however was at Arnies Cafe for breakfast. I feasted on chicken fried steak with eggs (I wonder why I’m fat), Babs pancakes, and Jane eggs Benedict.

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Next stop was Ft. Clatsop, a fort built by Lewis and Clark to weather out the winter before returning home. They used this time to catalog their discoveries and refine the maps that they had drawn. Using only compass sightings every mile of the journey, they drew maps that were only 40 miles off from those done in modern times. A pretty amazing feat in any terms.

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Entrance to replica fort

Entrance to replica fort

 The trip is a pleasant drive through mostly forested areas. One of the highlights that Babs has identified in route to Mt. Saint Helens is a giant “Bigfoot” that was supposedly buried from the waist down with the ash from the explosion of Mt. Saint Helens in May of 1980.  We were almost fooled by a “Bigfoot” wanna be a a day care center but later on down the road found the real boy. This is the real “Bigfoot” statue!

This bad boy was buried to the waist in ash by the blast from Mt. Saint Helens eruption.

This bad boy was buried to the waist in ash by the blast from Mt. Saint Helens eruption.

Mt. Saint Helens is a breath taking sight! It is hard to imagine that a third of the mountain was blown off the mountain or slid into the river below. A man reporting to NOA by his “ham” radio seven miles from the mountain was disintegrated by the blast! Trees were literally ripped from the ground, mud slides destroyed homes, roads and streams, and ash covered everything. The total area of destruction was an area of 144 square miles.

Mt. Saint Helens and the surrounding distrustion

Mt. Saint Helens and the surrounding destruction

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Mt. Saint Helens cone, one third of the mountain disappeared in the explosion

Mt. Saint Helens cone, one third of the mountain disappeared in the explosion

We left Mt. Saint Helens and began continued our trip heading for the ocean side resort of La Push.  We stopped for the night at Chehalis, WA. Tomorrow, we move on to the Oceanside Resort at La Push, WA.

Babs Says: If I had to play second fiddle to Mt. Rainer for all those years, I’d blow my top to!

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