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Travel to Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens, today
Mount St. Helens, as it looks today. It’s recovered quite well.
Photo by Skedonk on flickr, licensed under Creative Commons 2.0.

The world never experienced a volcano erupting and exploding live on TV before the Mount St. Helens eruption of May 18, 1980. The incredible power of mother nature was realized, as it claimed 58 lives and devestated surrounding forests. The sheer height of Mount St. Helens even decreased by 1,300 feet!

Mount St. Helens

Lensmaster MobyD chronicles some of the eruption day’s events, and has some interesting photographs of the devestation caused within the blast zone on his Mount St. Helens lens. If you’re planning a visit to the area, there are useful tips on when to go, what else is in the area, directions on how to get there, and information on the admission prices. This will certainly give you some ideas and trip planning material for your trip to this monument of Washington state.

More Mount St. Helens Resources and Books:

Ryan Lake and Some of the Millions of Trees North of Mount St. Helens Flattened by the Eruption

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April 21, 2009 at 3:31 pm 2 comments

The Oregon Coast

Rocks on the Beach, Cannon Beach, Oregon, USA




Rocks on the Beach, Cannon Beach, Oregon, USA

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The Oregon coast contains some of the most beautiful spots of shoreline in the country, and some of the world’s most photographed beaches. Lensmaster ArtbyLinda shows us why these sandy beaches of the Pacific Northwest are a great place to windsurf, hike, explore lighthouses or just sit back and relax in her lens, Visit the Oregon Coast.

The lens starts off featuring the Northern Oregon town of Astoria (remember, that town from The Goonies?). While there may not be any pirate ghost ship here, the town sits at the mouth of the Columbia River and has a thriving art community. It is also just across the river from the state of Washington.

Astoria Bridge, Oregon-Washington, USA




Astoria Bridge, Oregon-Washington, USA

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From there, let’s skip right over to my favorite town in Oregon, Cannon Beach. I visited this town in 2005 on a road trip down the west coast and was amazed by the scenery on this beach. While the weather may not always be so warm in this area of the Pacific, the lively scenery more than makes up for it. Huge mountain rock formations look like they were dropped from the sky into the open ocean, the biggest being “Haystack Rock.” It’s a popular tourist destination and a vacation getaway for Portland, Oregon residents.

Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, OR




Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, OR

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Depoe Bay is another beautiful small beachside town on the Oregon Coast. You might recognize the town from the Guinness Book of World Records as the “World’s Smallest Harbor.”

Beach & Kites, Depoe Bay, Oregon




Beach & Kites, Depoe Bay, Oregon

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Further south lies the halfway point of the Oregon coast, Florence. This city sits at the mouth of the Siuslaw River, and is another perfect stop on your trip down Route 101. Florence is home to the famous Sea Lion Caves, which is also directly accessible from Highway 101. The Steller Sea Lions call this huge cave home all year long. From the Sea Lion Caves, you can catch a glimpse of the Heceta Head Lighthouse, one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world. Linda also has some excellent photos of some seals in nearby Lincoln City.

Group of Sea Lions Sunbathe on a Rock near Florence, Oregon




Group of Sea Lions Sunbathe on a Rock near Florence, Oregon

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Heceta Head Lighthouse, Florence, Oregon, USA




Heceta Head Lighthouse, Florence, Oregon, USA

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The Oregon coast is the perfect vacation to plan for a beautiful scenic journey. It lacks the crowds of California, but has possibly an even more impressive coastline and better beaches. If you’re looking for places to stay on the Oregon coast, Linda has listed hundreds of hotels to check out!

Sunset on the Oregon Coast Near Gold Beach




Sunset on the Oregon Coast Near Gold Beach

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March 12, 2009 at 12:45 am 1 comment


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