An Extra Long Weekend

Our long time friends, Paul and Kathy Cooper, came down from Vancouver, Canada over the Memorial Day Weekend. We packed every day with activities that got us out enjoying moments around Northwest Washington.

Liddy inspects a large dandelion growing on the ledge in front of the Bee Hive Coking Kilns at Carbonado WA. Carbonado was once a thriving hard rock coal mining town.

Liddy inspects a large dandelion growing on the ledge in front of the Bee Hive Coking Kilns at Carbonado WA. Carbonado was once a thriving hard rock coal mining town.

Friday, was a visit to the Boeing Museum of Flight. A must see stop for anyone who hasn’t been lately. There is so much there, you could spend a couple of days absorbing all of the technology. From there we went up into Seattle to get a bite to eat, then strolled around University Village, an outdoor mall near the University of Washington.

Saturday, the girls went shopping in Tacoma while Paul, Liddy and I went on a photo shoot.

We started at the Mud Mountain Dam on the White River, East of Buckley. The dam is a flood control structure that is intended to maintain the river at acceptable levels during the spring run off. This year, there is no run off, so there is no pool behind the dam.

The old steel girder bridge over the Carbon River shows its age. This is a one lane bridge that looks and feels to be constructed from an erector set some 50 years ago.

The old steel girder bridge over the Carbon River shows its age. This is a one lane bridge that looks and feels to be constructed from an erector set some 50 years ago.


From Mud Mountain, I took Paul back through Buckley and south through Wilkerson and Carbonado to the Northwest corner of Mt Rainier National Park. This took us across the Carbon River Bridge, a one lane bridge that spans the canyon several hundreds of feet above the river. The bridge is quite rickety, and I expect there will be a seismic event that will be the end of it one day.

Sunday found us on the west side of Puget Sound, in Port Orchard to visit with our children and grand children. Paul and Kathy had not seen the Gilillands in some time. Dinner was great, thanks Leah & Greg.

Monday we looked at the clouds, consulted the volcano cams and dashed south to Mt St. Helens, a two hour drive from our home in Bonney Lake. Paul and Kathy had never been to visit before.

Two weeks ago was the 35th anniversary of the eruption that ruptured the North face of the mountain, creating the large crater that we see today. The dash was worth the effort as we were rewarded with some blue sky and great views of the mountain and the crater while we were visiting the Johnston Observatory.

Kathy and Paul Cooper with Liddy, Dave and June Scott. Mt. St. Helens is obscured by clouds in the background

Kathy and Paul Cooper with Liddy, Dave and June Scott. Mt. St. Helens is obscured by clouds in the background

We took a more leisurely pace on the way home, stopping for dinner at McMenimens Olympic Club in Centralia. A very full weekend, spending more than a moment at some premier Northwest sites with very good friends.