Leaving Yosemite National Park, heading towards Washington State we passed thru Northern California enjoying the scenery of the Cascade Mountain Range. The first mountain we pass was Mount Shasta, standing at 14,162 feet high although it was a clear beautiful day; the view of the mountain was limited because of the smoke from the California wild fires. (See picture below) We stopped at a roadside rest area to admire the view and take some pictures of the mountain.
Continuing on to Lacey, Washington, we passed thru Oregon State where we plan to return to Portland and spend time with family later in our trip. Just like our travel thru California, the mountain scenery was just as beautiful. As we neared Portland, we could see Mount Hood, standing at 11,230 ft. high, another of the tall mountains in the Cascade Mountain Range.
Crossing over the Columbia River into Washington State, we continued on where we passed a more famous mountain in the Cascade Range Mount St. Helen. On May 18, 1980, America and the world saw the eruption of Mt. St. Helen. This was the first major volcanic eruption since that of Mount Lassen Peak, California, which occurred in 1915.
1980 Eruption of Mt. St. Helen.
Mt St. Helen as it looks today. (Also shrouded in smoke from the California fires).
Mount Lessen Peak
We finally arrived in Lacey for our visit with family.
We did a day trip to the Mt. St. Helen National Volcanic Monument
The Lava Gorge created by the explosion and lava flow.
More of the Gorge from the Lava flow.
The suspension bridge that crosses the lower end of the gorge.