Monday, May 13, 2013

Entering Washington, May 12, 2013, Mother’s Day

This morning we had a drizzling rain and heavy clouds.  Shortly after getting up this morning I had a phone call from Todd wishing me a happy Mother's Day such a nice start of the day to hear from our son.  We have had very little rain during this trip just a few sprinkles a couple of times.  We got underway a little before 9:30am and within 15 minutes we were crossing the Columbia River to the north and the state of Washington-“ the Green State”.  We were traveling on I-5 and made our first stop at a rest area that was to have some information about the state.  We found some information about a Visitor’s Center for Mt. St. Helen that was on our route of travel today and was open.  So we made a stop at the state run center, paid a fee, then saw a short movie about the volcano and walked about the displays.  Because of the clouds Mt. St. Helens was not able to be seen but we will try again tomorrow at other locations.
We left I-5 to travel east on SR 12 to Mossyrock and from there to Harmony Lakeside RV Park where we will be staying for 2 nights.  This RV park is one of the prettiest parks we have stayed.  Rhododendrons and azaleas are planted throughout the property and are in bloom.  Totem poles with sculptures of Native Americans are at the entrance to the park and a lake borders the back of the park.  We are parked next to a rhododendron that is in full bloom and taller than our motorhome and we face out overlooking the lake and the cost was $67.69 for the 2 nights.
After we had parked the motorhome and before setting up we jumped into the Jeep and went in search of a restaurant for dinner as it was after 1pm and we were hungry.  Tom had asked for recommendations at the office and was told about a Mexican restaurant in Morton about 10 miles further east from Mossyrock.  So that was where we ate and were pleased with our dinners- a spicy shrimp Mexican dish.  Since today was Mother’s Day I was given a carnation.  We were given a dessert of sopapillas free of charge that is the restaurant practice on Sundays.