Ape Caves & Trail of Two Forests

A relatively short drive from Portland up highway 503 past Cougar, lies a series of lava tubes on the south side of Mt.Saint Helens. Ape Cave Lava Tube is a popular attraction in the Mount St. Helens National Monument and the longest lava tube in the continental United States at over two miles in length. The Hike: The Ape cave is divided [...]

Camp for free: The Painted Hills

Have you ever driven east on the 84 past Hood River...past the Dalles...and just kept going?It's vast, and open and there's suddenly a peace of mind that comes over you, as you drive down the open road with nothing in view. The dirt reaches up until it fades into the blue skies, and large wind mills speckle the hills as they roll by.