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Posted: 09/17/09 07:44am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'll second what Weymard said, beautiful places and great pictures. I hope to see some of that for myself soon, well at least some of the Olympic Peninsula area. Thanks for posting!

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A nice camp and swim area on the coast of Washington. Facing the Strait of Juan de Fuca.


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Isn't the NW great! Been to many of those places you posted and more to do aswell! Thx for reminding me of all the sights and sharing them. Capt PJ


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Wife and I visited Mt. St. Helens in 2006 as well as the Puget Sound area. It was a first for both of us. I absolutely loved the area and can't wait to return. I would leave Florida in a minute and move to the northwest in a heartbeat if I could convince my wife. Unfortunately, she like sun and sand at the beach - I find the mountains much more inviting and relaxing.

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wolf_rver wrote:

Great Pics.

Were all those shots from road accesible locations, or was some hiking done to get to the great vantage point?

I noticed the sandals your son was wearing so I'm assuming you can drive right up to those beautiful views, or your son is one heck of a hiker!!!

Thanks again for the great pics.

Eric


The walks to the picture points are very short.
I guess you can call it accessible. But the 60+ mile loop we drove took the best part of two days. Dirt and very rough. Lots of SUV's do it faster. With the camper on and in no hurry we took longer and spent the night.
Worth every minute!
The dirt will wash off the experience won't!

Big sign at the top warned that the second half was NOT recommended for RV's. I sure agree with that but Truck Campers on 4X4 trucks are not regular RV's. We had no problems as we took it very slow.


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Very nice! We've traveled to the NW several times but this was before we bought our TC. Your photos make me want to load up and head out tomorrow. The one of the steel bridge on the road up to Windy Ridge at Mount St Helen was particularly interesting. Is this on the last half of the road that you said was not recommended for RVs? Is it wide enough for a dually? I love being up high and it would be cool to drive over that bridge [emoticon]


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Beautiful pics! We live in some of the most beautiful country, the Pacific Northwest! From mountains, to desert, to ocean, to sand dunes, lakes, rivers, rain forest, etc. We have it all!


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GoinThisAway wrote:

Very nice! We've traveled to the NW several times but this was before we bought our TC. Your photos make me want to load up and head out tomorrow. The one of the steel bridge on the road up to Windy Ridge at Mount St Helen was particularly interesting. Is this on the last half of the road that you said was not recommended for RVs? Is it wide enough for a dually? I love being up high and it would be cool to drive over that bridge [emoticon]


At the risk of butting in, I think he is talking about the Steens Mountain loop road. The road after the top is a little rough in places as I remember it. There are a few chances to enjoy being "up high" with a cliff on one side and a gorge on the other. [emoticon]


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Dewclaw wrote:

GoinThisAway wrote:

Very nice! We've traveled to the NW several times but this was before we bought our TC. Your photos make me want to load up and head out tomorrow. The one of the steel bridge on the road up to Windy Ridge at Mount St Helen was particularly interesting. Is this on the last half of the road that you said was not recommended for RVs? Is it wide enough for a dually? I love being up high and it would be cool to drive over that bridge [emoticon]


At the risk of butting in, I think he is talking about the Steens Mountain loop road. The road after the top is a little rough in places as I remember it. There are a few chances to enjoy being "up high" with a cliff on one side and a gorge on the other. [emoticon]


Dewclaw is right the dirt road is the Steens Mountain loop road.

The road with the washout(steel bridge) is paved all the way. Though it's also rough in spots. But most any RV can make it. My Rand McNally road atlas shows it runs from Randle. WA. to Sprit Lake in the Mt St Hellens Nat'l Volcanic Monument.

Come on up you will have fun!!!

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Ditto on the pics being nice! good job of cataloging the adventure.

FWIW, anyone venturing on I-5 north of Vancouver WA should take the short drive east of I-5 to Ape Caves. They are the lava tubes created by the Mt St Helens Volcano. My family and i visited them one day when it was 104 outside, and a refreshing 46 in caves.

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