Tuesday, July 5, 2011
A Convergence of Wonders: Day 4, Cape Disappointment and Real Disappointments
I really shouldn't be disappointed that it chose to rain on us on the fourth day of our trip this year. Really, it could have been far worse; it could have rained every day. But, why on St. Helens day? Oh well, it was certainly an interesting day, and if one is going to visit a temperate rainforest, one might as well do it on a temperate rainy day.
in the previous post. We could make out the wide expanse of sand from the top of the cliff at the lighthouse. The existence of these beaches here is also related the danger to ships.
millions of dollars are being spent to shore them up.
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center is a marvelous introduction to the 1804-06 exploration of the Pacific Northwest (and not to be mercenary about it, but it was dry inside, too!). The staff generously provided a meeting room for some of our students to do their presentations. After several hours we hit the road to Mt. St. Helens, hoping against hope that a supposed 60% chance of showers would translate into a few momentary views of the volcano.
Johnston Ridge Observatory at the end of Highway 504. There was no break in the storm. We checked out the very fine visitor center and watched the video, but it wasn't quite the same thing as seeing the volcano itself.