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A Blast From the Past

sunny 79 °F

Today started out with the 50 mile drive to Mt. St. Helens.
Mt. St. Helens

Mt. St. Helens

The views were spectacular and there was no one else on the road! It took about 1 1/4 hours to get there, but it was so worth it.
Trees in ash

Trees in ash

Where the lava flowed

Where the lava flowed

It really is amazing to see what the volcano did to the mountain and the surrounding areas.
New flowers

New flowers

Mt. St. Helens

Mt. St. Helens

Standing in the blast area was so eerie! There was quite a bit of snow, which was surprising to us, because it is only 4000 feet high.
After that we packed up and headed north for a 100 mile trip. On the way we saw Mt. Rainier, which is also snow covered. That was too far away to get any photos, but spectacular anyway.
We are staying in a Washington State Park tonight and there is swimming here right in Puget Sound! How cool is that? As it turns out, it wasn't even hot enough for us to go swimming, because the temps never reached 80 today. A beautiful day! We did ride our bikes to the beach to check it out, but no swimming. Maybe tomorrow morning before we leave. We are only going 35 or 40 miles tomorrow, so no leaving at the crack of dawn!

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19

States, that is!

sunny 80 °F

Yes, today we arrived in state #19! Washington State!
Entering Washington

Entering Washington

We drove about 225 miles, mostly through the Willamette Valley, and it was very picturesque. Much prettier than the San Joaquin Valley in California. Due to the climate and soil this is where a great deal of agriculture is in Oregon.
Vineyard in Willamette Valley

Vineyard in Willamette Valley

It seems they grow all kinds of things here, with many vineyards, as well. Finn County is where most of the grass seed for the country is grown! Who knew?
One thing that we saw in Oregon that we hadn't seen anywhere else on this trip is triple trucks! The only place we have ever seen them is in the west, so perhaps they are not permitted in the east. It is quite a site to see a truck with 3 trailers!
We stopped at one of the Mt St Helens Visitors Centers today to see what's what.
Mt. St. Helens

Mt. St. Helens

Perhaps tomorrow the mountain! On the way around Portland we started to see clouds (something we have not seen much of in recent weeks) and we really thought we might have some precipitation, but it didn't happen. I think the last time we had rain was in Albuquerque! The high temp was only 80 today, which was very pleasant :)

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Traveling again, finally!

sunny 85 °F

This morning we had our hitch put in the new truck. We were not sure if we would need anything else because the new truck had bigger wheels and is higher. It all seems to fit fine! For once, it was easy! It took all morning for that to be done, so we were not able to get on the road until 2pm. That was fine, we only did 110 miles, but the truck performed beautifully! Most of the trip today was mountains, so it was a good test. We are staying in Sutherlin, OR overnight on our way to the Seattle area. We will meeting up with the daughter and family of our friends from home. We will also be meeting up with our college friends that we are going to cruise with. Can't wait for all of the above!
No pictures, sorry!

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Flour and Gold

sunny 101 °F

We took the new truck (zoom, zoom) up to Eagle Point, Oregon today to the Butte Creek Mill.
Butte Creek Mill

Butte Creek Mill

It is an operating water powered grist mill that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The mill began in 1872 using millstones imported from France and it continues to operate the same way today.
Grinding grain

Grinding grain

When we arrived we met the owner, who showed us right into the milling room, where we could see the grain being ground. He was very personable and we chatted for quite a while. He is a big antiques buff and knows all about the Madison Bouckville Antique Show in upstate New York! Small world!
Stone walls

Stone walls

Filling bags of flour

Filling bags of flour

We wandered about, looking at the mill that hasn't changed much since 1872, and watching it work. It was very interesting. The store was full of yummy things to buy, as well.
Lunch today was in the town of Ashland, which is a nice town for walking and browsing.
After lunch we went to Jacksonville, which got it's start with the discovery of gold in the area.
Jacksonville, OR

Jacksonville, OR

Jacksonville, OR

Jacksonville, OR

Like many other towns, it prospered for a while, and then quieted down. It didn't become a ghost town when the gold ran out, but became a well-known trade center.
Jacksonville, OR

Jacksonville, OR

Jacksonville, OR

Jacksonville, OR

The entire town is a National Historic District with many of the original buildings.
Jacksonville, OR

Jacksonville, OR

Some are set up as they were back in the day, and others are being used for today's world.
It turned out to be a 100 mile day in the new truck, and it was a hot one! 101!

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A new ride :)

sunny 88 °F

Today was an exciting day!! We have been having such trouble with our truck, and no longer feeling safe, that we went truck shopping. We found what we were looking for and actually bought it :)
The new ride

The new ride

The new ride

The new ride

It is a 2011 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD and it is a beauty. It has so much more towing power than our old one that we will both feel so much better when traveling. Because we bought it off the lot it came with all kinds of stuff. Lots of bells and whistles! notice the sticker they put on the back window for us?!
The new ride

The new ride

Nice sticker <img class='img' src='http://www.travellerspoint.com/Emoticons/icon_smile.gif' width='15' height='15' alt=':)' title='' />

Nice sticker :)

We picked it up today and drove it around. Now we have all weekend to practice with it before we can get the hitch put in on Monday. Whew, what a day!
The weather was beautiful again, high 80s and sunny.
I finally was able to upload pictures, so I put some in the previous few entries.

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