Very surprisingly, we did make it out of the house sometime in the a.m. hours of the 5th. (Maybe because I didn't go to bed until sometime in the a.m. hours of the 5th.) Off on an adventure, on road trip #3 with the boys, towing our camp trailer, headed north. A bit cooler than the scorching 4th and the clouds in the sky were gorgeous.
The scenery heading up to Portland was a familiar landscape. Russ commuted (ugh!) to Portland for over six years and still has personal consulting clients up that way. He regularly took the boys with him (well, not Leif...), and they are pros at riding in the car.
Seaquest State Park and took in the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center across the road. Levi read Will it Blow?: Become a Volcano Detective at Mount St. Helens, so he was prepared. We watched the movie and explored the exhibits. Our favorite was the large model of the mountain, with stairs down to an underground portion showing the interior of the volcano. Above, we could see the topography of the volcano and the land surrounding it.
It was getting later. And cloudier. We decided to take it easy the first evening and postponed the drive closer to the mountain to the next day. We gazed at the scenery from the visitor center vistas. Humor me and tell me that you can see the mountain in the pictures. Please. It's there, it really is.
Ah, that is a little better...