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Old 05-18-2010, 01:49 PM   #1
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30 years Ago Today

I was a kid in Colorado. The ash from Mt Saint Helens fell in a layer about 1/2inch thick.

Where were you?
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Old 05-18-2010, 02:20 PM   #2
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On the DMZ with N. Korea, read about it in the Stars and Strips a few days after it happened, didn't really understand the impact until I returned and we flew over it..... well not directly over but looking out the window holy
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Old 05-18-2010, 02:21 PM   #3
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I was in diapers in Michigan. No recollection.
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Old 05-18-2010, 02:29 PM   #4
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On Mt. Defiance here in HR watching the action, something I'll never forget. I have no idea why I didn't take a camera with me that morning.
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Old 05-18-2010, 02:38 PM   #5
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I was in West Linn, Oregon watching a huge question mark shaped cloud reaching skyward. It was impressive!
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Old 05-18-2010, 02:45 PM   #6
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Clarkston Country Club playing golf. It's right along the Snake river. Looked like a huge thunderstorm heading our way up the canyon and then nothing - no rain. We were hurrying to finish the front nine and after it got real dark saw some kind of shiny/sparkly dust coming down. Very quiet. strange kind of quiet.
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Old 05-18-2010, 02:49 PM   #7
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I was camping on the White River, between Enumclaw and Buckley. We couldn't hear the eruption over the roar of the river, so we had no idea the mountain blew. In a matter of minutes we went from cooking breakfast in the sun to black sky. It was pretty creepy!
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Old 05-18-2010, 03:01 PM   #8
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I was -5 years old...
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Old 05-18-2010, 03:05 PM   #9
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I was sleeping in, a house in Bellingham. It shook the house, sounded like a large crittter was on the roof. No ash, we were far north of the path of ash.
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Old 05-18-2010, 03:08 PM   #10
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I lived in Burns

We could see the ash cloud, but never got dusted
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Old 05-18-2010, 03:19 PM   #11
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In Wisconsin - all the ash in the atmosphere made for incredible red sunsets back there!
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Old 05-18-2010, 03:49 PM   #12
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Front row seats

May 17th myself and two friends set off to climb/ski Mt. Rainier via the Fuhrer Finger, on the south side of the mountain. The day of our climb up to our high camp at the edge of the Wilson Glacier was a blue bird day, sunshine and not a breath of wind. We camped at 11,500'


We were never the types to get up at 2am to start climbing, and we wanted the upper slopes to soften up for the ski descent...skiing sheet ice on big mountains

Morning of the 18th at camp was clear, llight breeze, a perfect day on the mountain. We sat around eating breakfast, packing up gear and having a good time. Jens says "Oh shit...check out St. Helens"!


We sat in sudden shock as the show unfolded before us just 60 miles away.


Within a very short time we're being pelted with marble size ash balls and our world is turning black around us. Not knowing what more to expect (flying boulders and shit is running though my head) we very quickly decide to leave Dodge and head down the mountain.

The mountain turned into a photo negative, with snow turning gray/black and the rocks turning white. We made our way down to Paradise, by the time we made it there was under 6" of ash.







We wasted 3 sets of skis and a VW van engine that weekend all due to ash

So, thats where I was that day

Note: I didn't carry a camera that trip in order to save weight. All photos were taken by my good buddy by Jens Kieler



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Old 05-18-2010, 03:52 PM   #13
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I was in kindergarden.

(Awesome post jwmudd!)
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Old 05-18-2010, 03:59 PM   #14
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How do you follow JWmudd's post?

I was living in The Dalles, a Sophomore in HS. That day I was at a Church Camp in Kahneeta. Missed all the action ccompletely; wind stayed North of us. Never forget it, and how I felt when I heard it on the Radio.
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Old 05-18-2010, 04:18 PM   #15
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It was a beautiful sunny day... Then a strange cloud came over Blue Mountain and the sky turned Red then Black. I was Rocking out to Black Sabath Heaven & Hell (R.I.P. Ronnie)

Everything closed for a couple days then everyone was ordered to hose the ash off the streets in front of their houses.
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