10/2 -- 10/06/09 -- Seattle to Mount Saint Helen's in Oregon

We had to have one of our slides looked at on our house and then after that, we headed further south. We went to Port Ludlow to visit family. We love this area of Washington. It is beautiful! We had a really great time visiting and hanging out.


We spent one day and headed over on the ferry to Seattle. We all went on a tour of the underground. I didn't even know it existed before this! This photo shows one of the original hotels in Seattle from the mid 1800s when the city first started. Then after they realized they built the city on sinking earth, they actually raised the city streets by building walls starting at 10 feet tall and then filled them in with fill. When this happened, the street level was up to the second story of buildings like this. So all of a sudden, the second story of all these original buildings of the city were now street level!!









Here is an old Teller's Cage from a bank in the underground. It's supposed to be haunted, but we didn't see anything. Bummer!!











Now a little more history. One major problem that the city of Seattle had way back when was their toilets, once they brought them to town and put them in everyone's house, during certain times of the day, would flush UP into the houses instead of down!!!!! YUCK!!!!!!! Can you imagine??!!!!!

It's hard to believe that this great invention caused so much trouble! This is one of the original crappers! Invented by someone with the last name of Crapper!

If you're ever in the Seattle area, I highly recommend taking the tour!!! It was way interesting and fun!!!!!!!








After we left Port Ludlow and the Seattle area, we stopped in Tacoma and see our friends, Matt and Anna! They just recently got engaged! Congratulations guys!!!!











After Tacoma, we took another side trip on our way south and visited Mount Saint Helen's National Monument. For a mountain that caused so much damage and devastation, it sure is a beautiful sight to see now!









This close-up view shows where the north face of this tall symmetrical mountain collapsed in a massive rock debris avalanche.






Trees were just ripped apart as the landslide continued. In a few moments the slab of rock and ice slammed into Spirit Lake, crossed a ridge 1,300 feet high, and roared 14 miles down the Toutle River. Tree stumps like these are all over the place and in the background, you can also see trees laying around like toothpicks.












This reflective view of the mountain in Coldwater Lake was incredible! This lake was created after the big blow up in 1980. It is gorgeous though!!!!

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  1. Seattle is so beautiful! That's wonderful about Matt and Anna. We're so happy for them!

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