Sunday, October 11, 2009
Chasing the Volcanos ( part4 )
Just half a hour later, we had a great view Mount St Helen, which erupted in 1980 and until today is the deadliest (57 people died) and economically most destructive volcanic event in the history of the USA. One can clearly see the blown off cone, which reduced the pre-eruption elevation of 9677ft (2950m) to the current 8365ft (2550m).Meanwhile we passed Mount Adams, 12281ft (3743m) on the right hand side. The second highest Washington state volcano after Mt Rainier.
The WAAAM (Western Antique Aircraft and Automobile Museum) houses +60 old timer aircraft and over 100 vintage cars, tractors and motorcycles. A great collection for anybody to have look at when traveling in the Portland area.
We flew through the Columbia Gorge with its +30kts winds until approaching Portland and then headed to Mc Minville, the homebase of the Evergreen Aviation and Space museum. This museum has the original Howard Hughes Spruce Goose, the worlds largest aircraft by wingspan that only did 1 brief flight in 1947. Due to time constraints we didn't enter the museum but will surely do so whenever we're in the area again.
Looking for a convenient airport for the night we stopped at Albany (Oregon), where the Quality Inn hotel has its own aircraft parking right outside the hotel. Bottom right hand side of the photo above.
More volcano action shortly,
Fly safe and happy shooting,