Wild West 101 Tour or "Practicing for Retirement Activities".
Hubsy wanted to climb the remains of the volcano, Mt. Saint Helens in Washington. This desire was formed as the ash cloud from the May 18, 1980 eruption could be seen above our then-home in Madison WI. Our soon-to-be 37 year old son was just a onsy-clad tad-pole baby crawling around the floor. Our second son was still star dust.
Early this year, the climbing permits were purchased, the "base-camp" bnb reservations were made at Montfort's Bed and Breakfast in Cougar, WA (closest town to climbers bivouac site). We set off on Labor Day; first stop, an overnight camp at Luverne, MN in the Blue Mounds State Park near there.
The water in the camp ground was turned off for an e-coli situation; a hike around the park turned into a mosquito plagued horror (I have allergies). But Luverne is a nice little town. We were able to purchase locally produced honey was a local harvester.
We headed for a planned camping/biking interlude with Hubsy's brother and his wife near Hill City SD. Intro to the typical RV/Retiree's camp experience. More to come.