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Old 05-18-2010, 03:37 PM   #16
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We live on the Olympic Peninsula. Sounded like someone was bouncing a basketball against my garage door that day. Found out a few minutes later that it had erupted. Climbed St. Helens a few years later. It was like walking in beach sand all the way to the top. Step forward, slide two back!
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Old 05-18-2010, 03:50 PM   #17
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Sunday morning, went down to the local grocery, hadn't listened to any news. I saw a huge black cloud to the west, asked the clerk as I checked out what was going on, he said " St. Helens blew". Outside it was getting darker, traffic was speeding up and peoples eyes were wide open with startled expression's. Particles began to drift down. Back at the apartment, the ash started falling harder. It got completely dark, watched the report's on the news.
In the morning of the next day it was like gray snow a couple of inches deep, people were kicking it and throwing it around untill they were informed of the danger of breathing it. then everyone started wearing bandana's and resperators. I lost a VW engine a week later even after tapeing off the intakes with paper bags.
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Old 05-18-2010, 05:13 PM   #18
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I lived in Yakima at the time. I was at a party at Cascade Park (I believe it was) about 30 miles out of town, up the Wenas. I was on a KZ440, buddy on an XS400, another on a GS750. There were at least 100 people at this party, this guy always had a big to do for his birthday.

Anyway, we were camped out, and get up Sunday morning to find buddy with the 750 had a flat rear tire. He hops on the back of the XS400, and we all head into town to get a pickup. Instead of staying in town, we ride back out to help load the bike and all. Just as we arrive at the campsite it is starting to get dark again. Wtf? Somebody told us they heard on the radio the mountain had blown.

We put a tarp between the seats of our bikes and huddled under it figuring we would wait it out. After an hour and a half or so it was only darker, of course, and a good layer of ash was starting to build up everywhere. Somebody else was kind enough to give us a couple dust masks, and we headed toward home. Took a little over 2 hours to go 30 miles. I could hardly see more than a few feet down the road most of the time, and I thought for sure I was going to get run over by cars coming up from behind. They did a nice job of billowing the cloud up for us, too.

It was mostly dark the next two and a half days it seems.

Parked the bike when I got back and didn't ride it until the air had cleared somewhat at least a week later. Put a new air filter on and changed the oil. It was running fine when I got rid of it a year or so later.

I could smell ash everytime I put that helmet on for years after.

Quite an experience, to say the least.

Another friend at the time was a guide on Mt. Rainier for RMI. He was riding a GS850 home over White Pass that morning. He later described to me watching large rocks falling from the sky, ripping limbs off trees as he rode past.
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Old 05-18-2010, 05:14 PM   #19
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I remember the media was making a big thing about what affect it would have on the Washington Apple crop. One of the Seattle TV stations did an inview with an old Central Washington apple farmer. He said, "Well for years we have been telling people our apples are the best because they are grown in rich volcanic soil, and looks like we just got a new supple.

The ash from Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Pinatubo look exactly alike.
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Old 05-18-2010, 05:36 PM   #20
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Didn't hear about it until I got back to work on Tuesday, it was a non-event for me.

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Old 05-18-2010, 05:37 PM   #21
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I wasn't born until 1 year and 364 days later. :)

While helping my dad replace some shingles on our roof around '95 I remember there was still some ash in some of the cracks between the shingles.
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Old 05-18-2010, 06:03 PM   #22
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I was waking up at Tygh Valley Rodeo with a hang-over when I got the news just went on with my day, but during the Rodeo the announcer told about all the traffic problems they were having in Washington, no big deal for us, we took Hwy 26 home just in case.

But when we got home I got news that my best friend/roommate had gone up towards the mountain to get some pictures (he had left real early before it blew) he made it home late with a pretty cool story. He was close, but luckily not to close.
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Old 05-18-2010, 07:10 PM   #23
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I was basically right here. I lived next door and we heard the explosion. Explosions weren't unusual around here so we figured somebody was moving stumps. Heard the news on the radio.

A couple weeks later I went to a race up in the Tillamook Burn. There was just enough ash to keep plugging the filter on my Husky and give everything a dingy gray color.

In 1982 I rode my Harley up through Randle to see if I could get a look at the devastation. I will never forget the feeling when we popped out of the forest into the blast zone. It looked like somebody had ran a comb over the hills and layed everything flat and all pointed the same way. That road doesn't go through now but at the time you ended up coming out right by the Miners Car. The road was a rough tore up logging road and a real pain in the ass on the Hog. The buddy that was with me decided to take his helmet off and hang it on his sissy bar, as we were going across the hill his hat bounced off the bike and rolled over the edge. It went far enough that we determined it wasn't worth climbing down to look for it. It is probably still there unless somebody collected it as an artifact.
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Old 05-18-2010, 07:35 PM   #24
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I was on a weekend camping trip with my Boy Scout troop a few miles outside of the Red Zone to the SE of St. Helens. There were 10 kids, 2 leaders and 2 trucks. My friend and I were sound asleep in our tent when I remember being woken up by getting bounced around. I looked at Ronny and He at I and both our eyes were saucers. Then the most awesome surround sound rumble/roar/noise engulfed us. We flew out of our tent to see everyone else with the same look. The two leaders started yelling at us to throw our stuff in the trucks and get in. I remember running back to the tent and started pulling stakes and lines while Ron started to roll up bags. The leader screamed at us to "just grab the fucking tent and get in the truck!"

Within 2-3 minutes we were moving and it was already getting dark and ash was falling hard. We laid in the beds of the trucks with all of the gear over the top of us. I distinctly recall looking back at the second truck and could barely see its lights yet it was not more than 10-15 yards off our bumper. We spent 20 minutes driving like crazy getting out from under the cloud. I think my most vivid memory of the day was when we cleared the cloud and was able to look straight up the wall of it as it was roiling and turning over on itself. I'll never be able to describe it like I saw it.

When we got back into town, we went to the meet-up place to rendezvous with the parents. Kids being kids we jumped out of the trucks and were all excited and couldn't stop talking about what we just went through. The parents were all crying. My mom grabbed me and held me tight as she cried. I asked her what happened?
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Old 05-18-2010, 07:51 PM   #25
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Originally Posted by Heymarz
I was on a weekend camping trip with my Boy Scout troop a few miles outside of the Red Zone to the SE of St. Helens. There were 10 kids, 2 leaders and 2 trucks. My friend and I were sound asleep in our tent when I remember being woken up by getting bounced around. I looked at Ronny and He at I and both our eyes were saucers. Then the most awesome surround sound rumble/roar/noise engulfed us. We flew out of our tent to see everyone else with the same look. The two leaders started yelling at us to throw our stuff in the trucks and get in. I remember running back to the tent and started pulling stakes and lines while Ron started to roll up bags. The leader screamed at us to "just grab the fucking tent and get in the truck!"

Within 2-3 minutes we were moving and it was already getting dark and ash was falling hard. We laid in the beds of the trucks with all of the gear over the top of us. I distinctly recall looking back at the second truck and could barely see its lights yet it was not more than 10-15 yards off our bumper. We spent 20 minutes driving like crazy getting out from under the cloud. I think my most vivid memory of the day was when we cleared the cloud and was able to look straight up the wall of it as it was roiling and turning over on itself. I'll never be able to describe it like I saw it.

When we got back into town, we went to the meet-up place to rendezvous with the parents. Kids being kids we jumped out of the trucks and were all excited and couldn't stop talking about what we just went through. The parents were all crying. My mom grabbed me and held me tight as she cried. I asked her what happened?
Sounds stupid.
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Old 05-18-2010, 07:53 PM   #26
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you guys have some great stories!

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Old 05-18-2010, 08:07 PM   #27
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Good stories guys, hope we have more.
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Old 05-18-2010, 08:14 PM   #28
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I had a buddy that raced RC cars. That Sunday morning I was at Jantzen beach mall with his race club when someone yelled “holly shit, look at that” every thing stopped. Twenty minutes later I was back home. When I walked in the door my ex asked if I had heard the news. We spent the rest of the morning glued to the TV. Feels like it was just last week, man I must be getting old the last thirty years sure went by in no time at all.
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Old 05-18-2010, 08:15 PM   #29
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Camping at Lake Clementine, Auburn, Ca.
Didn't hear about it until I got back to work on Tuesday, it was a non-event for me.

Except for a husky I've heard of three vw engines lost in this thread. I was 7 years old and 3,000 miles away but apparently everyone on the west coast drove a vw.
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Old 05-18-2010, 08:17 PM   #30
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I worked at Boeing in Gresham right across the Columbia. I watched it erupting while eating my lunch in the parking lot.
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