While in Longview we took the opportunity to go up to the mountain that erupted back in 1980. We first went to Castle Rock, Washington and headed eat 52 miles to the Johnston Ridge.
There are many hikes up and around the mountain, but today we settled on the information center. We were admitted free with our pass but it costs $8 to park and tour around the facility and the ridge. We watched a film about the eruption. I learned that an earthquake set off a slide and the mountain erupted soon after. Debris took out all the timber that was there and down into the Toutle Valley 14 miles.
I also learned that this mountain has erupted many, many times over its years. This wasn’t the first time and it won’t be the last.
As you can see, we had a beautiful day. The wind was blowing like crazy. The orange and blue wildflowers were out. The area is just beautiful.
Life is good. God’s paint brush leaves us with breathtaking beauty.
No, we aren’t doing the YMCA with the Village People. 🙂 We did, however, go to a Family Motor Coach Association rally June 19-25 in Longview, Washington. We were in a sea of motor coaches of all sizes. About 400 rigs attended this 3 day rally and we found people are pretty loyal FMCAers.
This was our first rally with these folks. We arrived early because Dale volunteered to help in any job. This rally is run by all volunteers and it takes a bunch to put together such a comprehensive program. There were vendors selling all kinds of RV stuff! After examining our used Blue Ox hitch, we bought a new one.
There were 2 meals and a hot dog bash. Coffee and assorted pastries were for breakfast.
Wednesday was the hotdog bash where we had Costco dogs, beans, salad and dessert and sat in the grandstands. Opinion was “this isn’t fun” but Dale and I enjoyed it all! That night was Bingo with no winners in our house until blackout. Dale won $147!!! He thought Bingo might be a fun game.
The next day was opening ceremonies and chapter row. Dale was sponsoring the Workhorse Chassis chapter. The different chapters names were put in the hat for a $50 drawing. Yep, you got it. Dale won. As Tina says, “You. Me. Vegas.”
On Friday, we toured all the big rigs that the vendors had brought to the rally. My, they were expensive, with lots of bling. We decided our little ol’ Dolphin fit us just fine.
After touring we visited all the vendors. I went to the FMCA booth and looked for our membership number for a prize. Yay, it was there and we won a $25 gift card. Needless to say, all this free money is going to Canada with us as “Mad Money.” (Nope, not going to the Blue Ox Hitch fund!!!)
Entertainment was provided on Friday and Saturday nights. Red and Bernie were a hoot. A musical duo with very hilarious funny bones.
We did have a fun time and met some very nice people. Would we do this again. Maybe, maybe not!
Life is great – on the road. God’s mercies are new every morning.