Tag: Oregon

THE DAY MOUNT ST. HELENS BLEW ITS TOP

THE DAY MOUNT ST. HELENS BLEW ITS TOP

Forty years before, almost to the minute, that this article was posted on Tales Told From The Road, Mount St. Helens, a “dormant” volcano in Southwest Washington, blew its top.

If, like my best friend, Bill, I had still been residing in or around my old hometown of Seattle, perhaps I might have heard the sound as the mountain exploded 100 miles to the south.

If I had been 200 miles to the east of Mount St. Helens in Spokane, Washington, where Bill’s wife hails from, I might have seen the sky turn from day to night at midday as ash from the eruption obscured the sun.

(Wikipedia Commons Photo)

But living 700 road miles to the south in the San Francisco Bay Area the only clue I had that the mountain had been forever altered came from news reports.

I wouldn’t see the carnage to the landscape surrounding Mount St. Helens until years later.

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In Oregon, Naturally

In Oregon, Naturally

Oregon has many beautiful, natural areas.

Here are just a few of many that are located between the Cascades and the Coast.

 

Each of these films has aired on non-commercial community television stations in the U.S.

“McKenzie Power” was nominated for “Best Documentary” and “Best Oregon Film” at the January 2019 Oregon Cinema Arts Film Festival in Portland, Oregon.

“The Sweetness of Spring” was named “Best Inspirational Film” at the 2019 Clatskanie International Film Festival at Clatskanie, Oregon and was a finalist for an award at the 2019 45th Parallel Film Festival in Salem, Oregon.

How “Sweet” It Is: Hiking in Oregon’s Coast Range

How “Sweet” It Is: Hiking in Oregon’s Coast Range

One of the great things about living (as I now do) in Eugene, Oregon are the nearby natural wonders: Mountains, lakes, rivers, streams, and the beaches and sand dunes at the shore of the Pacific Ocean.

During the past year I’ve had an opportunity to explore some of the scenic places with an hour or so by car from my home.

And the sweetest of these visually “sweet” destinations is in the Coast Range west of the Willamette Valley.

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