Re: Mt. St. Helens: Due to weather, it looks like going to the Visitors Center in Castle Rock and then taking the Spirit Lake Hwy up to the Johnston Ridge Observatory is the only option at this time. There's like a $10 charge for a day pass. So it might just turn into a drive up, picnic lunch, take a few photos and come back. Say 10am-3pm trip. Thx, Jay! Another update: found posted driving times on the website. Portland to the visitors center 1:15. And it's another 1:15 to the Johnston Ridge area. So that's 5 hrs right there. My wife is getting less and less enthused about it, and if the weather is crap it may be a pointless exercise. McMinville is only 45 minutes to the south, so guzzling some Willamette Valley Pinot Noir may be on the cards instead. I'll know more tomorrow night.