Thursday, August 08, 2013

We meet again!

We have been blessed by several visits from family during our time here in Washington.  We try to stay headquartered here at the museum, and it has been a good place to meet.

Grandpa Edd and Bachan flew up just to see us!  

"Hey, tell me a story, kid."

Bachan makes herself at home.

Road trip.

The big boys chilling.

Saying goodbye takes a while!

Poor Uncle Chuck, passing through on his way to the Klein reunion, didn't know what hit him!  He is the youngest of the nine.

And here we have...

Grandma and Grandpa Klein...also in the area for the Klein reunion.

Off to do some blueberry picking.

The proof is in the muffins.

It's a grandma thing; you wouldn't understand.

Playing "dictionary" to win, kinda. 

Haven't seen Aunt Helen since this little girl was a baby in Minnesota!

Watch out for those Kleins-- especially if you happen to be a bowl of ice cream.

Friday, August 02, 2013

August 10th: Open field trip

Mount St Helens Field Trip

at the

7Wonders Museum at Mount St Helens

Saturday, August 10, 2013, 9:30 – 5:30 PM

No fee, but reservations requested

You are invited to a full day of discovery beginning at the 7Wonders Museum and Bookstore, located on the beautiful Spirit Lake Highway, gateway to Mount St Helens.

When Mount St Helens erupted in 1980, it didn’t just blow away its summit…. It also blew away the assumption that it takes millions of years of slow gradual changes to produce geological features such as canyons, rock layers and river systems.  The eruption gave geologists a front-row seat to events which can create petrified forests, causing reinterpretations at Yellowstone National Park and Petrified Forest National Park.  In the aftermath, its ecological recovery amazed the naysayers.

Here is our itinerary (times are tentative):

9:30 am.  Arrive at 7Wonders Museum and Bookstore, 4749 Spirit Lake Highway, Silverlake, WA 98645.  We are 9.5 miles from Interstate 5 (exit 49, one of two Castle Rock exits). 

10:00 am  Attend 7Wonders of Mount St Helens presentation

11:00 am  Depart 7Wonders for auto tour, stopping at Buried A Frame, bridge overlook at entry of blast zone from the May 18, 1980 eruption.

Noon  Arrive for a lunch break at the Forest Learning Center (free exhibits, gift shop, picnic and small playground).  When done, depart for Hummocks Trailhead

1:30 PM  Hike Hummocks Trail inside the Mount St Helens Volcanic Monument, a two hour hike (with interpretive talks,) 2.5 miles.  This is a fairly easy trail for all ages, with some uphill at the very end.  Hike on top of the landslide debris deposited by the largest landslide in recorded history!  Observe the amazing recovery in plant and animal life! 

3:30 PM  Depart trailhead for our last stop, Johnston Ridge Volcanic Observatory.  This is on your own.  Fee area ($8 per adult, age 16 and up, children free).  Exhibits, shop, films of eruption and recovery, easy, paved vista trails for great photos.

Please note

·      There will be about 45 miles driving from 7Wonders to the final destination on our tour.
·      Bring:  sack lunch, water/snacks, sunscreen, hats, sturdy shoes/boots.


Email us at:  mshcreationmuseum@yahoo.com or call us at:  360-274-5737  And check out our new website7wondersmuseum.org.  You may also contact us to schedule other tour dates for your group, church, family vacation, homeschool group, etc.

Twelve years ago today

Twelve years ago today, our day began with a phone call that Dave's dear mom had gone to be with the Lord.  We had left California a few years before, and we were living in Minnesota at that time.  

Grandma Carmen

I never knew you, but you knew me
I did not have much of a choice
But I am longing your face to see
I want to hear your dear voice
If I could choose, I know what I would want
To grow up under your care
But our dear Savior had other plans
And you are so much better there

I hear the stories of your life down here
They make me love you the more
Your love for Christ makes you all the more dear
As I walk where you've gone before
Your strong reliance upon the Lord
Your joy and deep humility
Your love for Jesus and for His word
Those things are my legacy

You are much more than a Grandma to me
You are a hero for Christ
I am so thankful, and always will be
For the heritage of your life
You are a treasure that I long to see
But until then, as I run this race
I want to follow Christ as faithfully
Till the day that I look on your face

-- Hannah Rose Klein, who was 5 at that time