I recently read the article below concerning the prospect of two new campgrounds at Mount Saint Helens National Monument. The plans also call for a new climbing route “trail” on the north side of the volcano. Although the trail would not go to the summit, you would be able to look right into the crater, according to Gary Walker, lead climbing and trails ranger for the monument. Rustic camping and looking into a volcano; that is my kind of adventure in RVing!
EVERETT, Wash. — The Forest Service is studying the possibility of adding two campgrounds at Mount St. Helens. HeraldNet reports that the Forest Service wants an overnight facility near the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater as a means for visitors to extend their stays. HeraldNet writes that right now, most visitors drive up state Highway 504, visit Johnston Ridge Observatory for a couple of hours, maybe hike a trail, then leave for their next destination. A rustic, public campground is being proposed west of the Science and Learning Center. The sites would be small, with no electricity, toilets without running water and no campfires. The second campground would be northeast of the Coldwater center parking lot and would contain four pods, each able to accommodate about 25 in group setting, writes HeraldNet.
Dave Helgeson’s many roles in the RV industry started before he even had a driver’s license. His grandparents and father owned an RV dealership before the term “RV” had been coined, and Dave played a pivotal role in nearly every position of an RV dealership. He and his wife Cheri launched their own RV dealership in the Pacific Northwest. The duo also spent 29 years overseeing regional RV shows. Dave has also served as President of a local chapter of the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), worked on the board of advisors for the RV Technician Program of a local technical college, and served as a board member of the Manufactured Home and RV Association. Dave’s reputation earned him the title of “The foremost expert on boondocking,” bestowed by RV industry icon, the late Gary Bunzer (The RV Doctor). When he’s not out boondocking, you’ll find Dave in the spotlight at RV shows across the country, giving seminars about all things RVing. He and Cheri currently roam in their fifth travel trailer, with Dave doing all the service, repair and modifications to his own unit.