Countdown to Summer, Mount St. Helens 34 years later, Crazy Rides and Spaces, and a Cool Bird: RTT Rebel

I just realized something yesterday. There are only approximately 20 school days left of this school year. I only have 20 daytime days of peace and quiet remaining until the fall.

The countdown to summer is on.

On the other hand, there are only 20 school days left of the crazy car schedule shuttling the kids to two different schools and spending an inordinate amount of time in my car. Since both kids will be at the same school next year, morning drop-offs will be a breeze.

Princess Nagger has been formally invited to participate in the gifted program at her new school next year, so she’ll be starting 20 minutes earlier. That just means me and Little Dude will hang out in my car in the parking lot for those 20 minutes, or until he’s ‘allowed’ to enter the school. Not having that 3-4 hour block of time consumed with car lines is going to be heaven next year.

Time sure is flying by fast.

Speaking of time flying… Sunday marked the 34th Anniversary to eruption. 34 years, people! Hard to fathom that many years has passed since the big eruption that covered this area in ash. It sure was a pretty mountain pre-eruption:

MountStHelensBefore

The history of its discovery is interesting – Royal Navy Commander George Vancouver and the officers of HMS Discovery made the Europeans’ first recorded sighting of Mount St. Helens on May 19, 1792, while surveying the northern Pacific Ocean coast. Notice the ‘discovery’ date? Kind of eerie if you ask me.

Commander Vancouver named the mountain for British diplomat Alleyne Fitzherbert, 1st Baron St Helens on October 20, 1792, as it came into view when the Discovery passed into the mouth of the Columbia River.

Years later, explorers, traders, and missionaries heard reports of an erupting volcano in the area. Geologists and historians determined much later that the eruption took place in 1800, marking the beginning of the 57-year-long Goat Rocks Eruptive Period. Alarmed by the “dry snow,” the Nespelem tribe of northeastern Washington danced and prayed rather than collecting food and suffered during that winter from starvation.

In late 1805 and early 1806, members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition spotted Mount St. Helens from the Columbia River but did not report either an ongoing eruption or recent evidence of one. 

Fast forward to 1980, and the biggest eruption ever happened:

MountStHelensErupting

When they discovered Mount St. Helens in 1792, bet they never imagined 188 years and a day later it would practically obliterate itself. 57 people sadly perished during the eruption that blew out the whole side of the mountain and destroyed multitudes of forest trees, land, and homes. My sister and I drove there over the summer that year to take it all in – very sobering for sure, especially the houses and cars buried in deep mud, and the mountain and area surrounding looking so barren:

MountStHelensAfter

All these years later, it’s finally looking better:

MountStHelensNow

Crazy how different (and much smaller) it looks now.

Speaking of crazy… I like riding on roller coasters, but some of the newer ones out there are pretty darn scary looking. Or things like this ‘drop ride’ (something I’d never get caught dead on…or alive for that matter!) the  ZUMANJARO at Six Flags Great Adventure Jackson, New Jersey:

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The part of that ride looks scary enough – but see how they added a ride to the center section of that crazy track? It’s called “Drop of Doom” and will be the world’s highest drop ride, rocketing riders up 415 feet, pausing momentarily, then releasing them for a 10-second trip to the bottom at the vomit-inducing speed of 90 mph.

Um yeah – no thanks.

Or how about this crazy water slide called VERRÜCKT in Schlitterbahn Kansas City, Kansas:

CrazyWaterSlide

At 17 stories, this waterslide is taller than Niagara Falls. I’ll wait while you absorb that tidbit of information. Four riders hop on a raft and plunge at speeds that could exceed 65 mph, whooshing to the bottom, then up five stories – only to drop again. Verrückt? German for insane.

Speaking of insane… Would you be able to sleep in a place like this:

CrazyRooms

I think it would be cool to have a place like that to hang out and admire the view – but I’m not sure I’d be able to fall asleep in a place like that. I’d probably need copious amounts of wine to calm the nerves.

And how on god’s green earth do you wash the windows?

alert… The hubby saw two of these on his way home from picking up Little Dude from school – he said they’re a bit larger than a cardinal – maybe about the size of a blue jay.  They were rummaging around in the grass by the side of the road:

CoolBlueBird

Anyone know what kind of birds they are?

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About StacyUncorked

After 20+ years in the Corporate World and years of infertility, Stacy was surprised when Princess Nagger made her miraculous appearance - deciding to forgo the career and stay home was a no-brainer. As if her hands weren't full enough, 8 years later she and her husband added Little Dude through adoption, adding a whole new dimension (of crazy) to their family and even more sleepless nights. When she’s not refereeing kids, dogs and cats, she loves to write, hence the reason she decided to start her little blog, and because she never got a baby book to mark milestones, this was the next best thing. She also enjoys doing reviews and giveaways for products she or her family would willingly use and can stand behind. She loves to cook and try new techniques to turn ordinary into extraordinary. Crafty by nature, she takes on a lot of unique projects and enjoy seeing the end result. Her favorite, of course, is making her award winning wine out of fruits and grapes. Experiments with water currently underway.
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6 thoughts on “Countdown to Summer, Mount St. Helens 34 years later, Crazy Rides and Spaces, and a Cool Bird: RTT Rebel

  1. I hate roller coasters! But I can tell my kids are going to love them. Sigh. My son’s last day is the 31st and it’s crazy to think he’s almost done with first grade. Time flies!

  2. I would need really good curtains to sleep in that room. The view is fantastic, but a bit vertigo inducing.

  3. The bird is a Stellar Jay. They are all over the PNW and they love peanuts!!! However their squawk is about as sweet to listen to as a crow. LOL

    And I remember the day Mount St. Helen’s erupted. I had just flown back to Louisiana, from Washington and two days later my Grandma called and told me that mountain had blown. Luckily they were all out of reach of the initial blast, but I remember coming back in June and Grandpa had hefty bags full of ash. Hmmm. Wonder where all that ash went? LOL

  4. Those roller coasters…no. Big fat NO. I like the twists and turns and even going upside downs, but the drops terrify me. And that glass house over the cliff….another huge NO. I guess I’m just a big chicken! I would hyperventilate just stepping one foot over the edge in that house.
    No idea what kind of bird that is, but it’s kinda cute!

  5. I have your button posted on my Post today for my Show Off Tuesday! Give-Aways & Reviews. Please come over and list yours! Wow, I just showed Dave your rides. He loves the ride within a ride. Have a great day!