Back when our grandson Zach was a young and tender age (can't remember exactly what age) he watched a Public Television special about the Mt. St. Helen's eruption in 1980. He became so enamoured with the volcano and ever thing about it that we were amazed by his knowledge at such a young age. Mia and I gave him books about geology, world wide history of mother earth and even bought him the video which he still watches today. We even purchased the The U.S. Geological Survey report about the eruption of Mt. St. Helen's. See my blog http://trailercamper.blogspot.com/2011/12/home-and-grandsons-birthday.html
Last Friday we had an opportunity to help Zach realize a dream he has had for some time. It started with some research and the purchase of some permits and guides from the Mt. St. Helen's Institute. A date was determined and we made plans to pull the trailer down from Gold Bar and load it with Zach for a trip to Cougar, Washington. We left Thursday morning and arrived at the RV park in the early afternoon. After setting up the trailer we went to explore the area and find the trail head. It is several miles out of town on twisting roads to a fire service road that is gravel and winds up the hillside in a cloud of dust. We found the trail head, looked around and went back to the trailer for some dinner and hopefully a good nights rest.
At 3am I arose to prepare Zach's last meal before his climb. I went outside and started up the fire and began preparing bacon, scrambled eggs and bagels for his and our breakfast. With everything packed and ready we waited to leave until just before 5 am. Zach had to be at the trailhead at 6 am sharp. We made it with time to spare.
|The Look of What the Heck|
|Mom, Grandma and Honey wait|
|Nearing the end|
|Proud mom looks on|
Hope everyone is doing well. I'll be posting more as the weeks go by because I really miss putting entries into my journal.