Travels with the Original Easyrider®
2018 Edition

Season Opener Colorful Weeds visit to
Coldwater Lake
Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument

May 12, 2018

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We climbed Mount St Helens in September, 2011, August, 2012, September, 2012, August, 2013

And given my now advanced decline into geezerdom, probably our last climb done in September, 2013.

We were out to Mount Saint Helens in 2010 and again in 2011, 2013

Spring, 2014, Summer, 2014, Winter, 2014 and Dead of Winter, 2015.

Summer, 2015, Fall, 2015 and Late Fall, 2015

First day of Spring, 2016, Season Opener, 2016 and Season Finale, 2016

Spring, 2017, Summer, 2017, Fall, 2017, Spring, 2018

There are no gas stations past the 10.5 mile point (from I-5) on Hwy 504. The
Shell station just beyond the Toutle Post Office is the last chance to buy fuel
(incl. diesel). The round trip distance to the end of the highway (Johnston Ridge)
from this point is 82 mi (132 km). Cheaper gas is available at Castle Rock as you
exit the I-5 freeway.


The most popular tourist route into the Mount St. Helens area is via Washington state
route 504. It can be reached at Castle Rock (exit #49) off Interstate 5 in Washington,
about one hour and 15 minutes north of Portland and two hours south of Seattle.

This trip was sponsored by
The Eloise Company
Makers of "GET LOST!

It gets rid of everything. People, dogs, clouds.... EVERYTHING!
Now available in convenient 55 gallon drums!

These images were made with my Nikon D810 camera and my incredible
Zeiss Planar T* 50mm F/1.4 ZF.2 manual focus Lens.

The road to Coldwater Lake was late in opening this year due to all
the snow. Johnstone Observatory is still closed....

Pictures of the obligatory stop in Rainier, Oregon.

Finally got started on my Win10 build now that Win10 is nearing
end-of-life. Due to the cost of the high end, high performance
components I'm using it will probably be a few more months before
this thing moves from the test bed state to inside a case. But..
so far it's running very well. It's replacing my over ten years
old Allenmdale, WinXP system that was a rocket when I first
built it. It's really feeling it's age now so after I migrate
everything off to this new rig I'll probably run it as a Linux
workstation until it dies of old age.

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