Sept 23rd, 2022 St Helen’s Camping

Took a trip up into the Gifford Pinchot Forest of Washington State over the weekend. Feel like I’m running out of time before the snow flies even though it’s nearly October and still hot and dry. Feel like a switch is going to flip and it’ll be winter. Mostly drove forest roads to get a good view of the mountain. Found a couple of great spots and camped for the weekend. This is the first overnighter in my smaller rig and, as usual, I forgot a few items and took others I decided could be paired down.

Mt. St. Helens Lahar

This is a view of the Lahar. The mountain mostly blew out to the northeast. This is looking from the southeast. I really wanted to camp out here and watch the sun come up but this road was pretty well traveled with people wanting to get a look and since it’s a protected area, you couldn’t go more than 100 feet from the road on already established pull outs.

This would have been a great place to watch the sun rise had it not been so busy.

Found this cool spot a ways back on forest road 81 and decided to hang out here for the night. It was set up as multiple little sites but I never had anyone come down the road to check it out. Had a little stream that ran behind me that was running fast enough that I could hear it. Nice to be in solitude and listen to the creek. I couldn’t hit the WA7BF repeater from here and I had no bars so I had to get my radio signals the old fashioned way. I listened to 40 and 80m SSB for a on my shortwave receiver then scanned the SW bands eventually settling on 5085 WTWW for some music.

I entertained myself by listening to shortwave radio and reading mainly. I kept the meals simple with just one pot. Did a steak, onion and potato dinner. Breakfast was sausage, cheese, and eggs in the pot.

And, of course, coffee. All in all a fun trip with some much needed time in the woods.

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