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Old 05-19-2010, 07:47 PM   #46
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I was in Kalifornia I was in school I saw it on the news, my cousin sent me some ash I have it some where
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Old 05-19-2010, 07:51 PM   #47
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I was in Kalifornia I was in school I saw it on the news, my cousin sent me some ash I have it some where
School? Say it isn't so?
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Old 05-19-2010, 08:22 PM   #48
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Heh. Was working at Tacoma Boys (the old one).
We went outside, looked down the street (where 16 is now) and could see the plume almost right down to the mountain. That was a weird day.
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Old 05-19-2010, 09:05 PM   #49
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Some great stories here.

I was living where I do now, near Bandon, pretty far away and not downwind. When I went out that morning to go to work, I noticed a very light dusting of ash on the truck. I thought maybe there had been a forest fire but I didn't smell smoke. Then my partner rolled up the driveway. He had been listening to the radio and told me what happened.

Some years laters I rode up from the Columbia to Randle and had a close look. Truly awesome.

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Old 05-19-2010, 09:46 PM   #50
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Volcano day 1980

My family and I had been wood cutting above Sweet Home (Moose Mtn) off Hwy 20 on Saturday. Sunday, dad and I went alone in my VW bus ('67 split window, single port 1600cc Westfalia Weekender). Had removed all the back seats and bed to haul firewood.

Had the 031 Stihl saw running and heard a tank or caterpillar tractor coming... it was loud and the ground was shaking. Turned off the saw, pulled the ear plugs out... and didn't hear anything. No tracks in the spring snow drifts above us over the gravel road.

Back to work, and heard the rumble and felt the ground shake again. Saw off again, pulled ear plugs and still nothing. Did this several more times, got our 2/3 cord load and wallowed down the mountain toward home. Got the AM radio working and heard the news that St Helens blew !!!

So that was all the rumbling and noise. We were about 200 miles to the south of the blast. Sound must have bounced off the clouds.

We did get a small amount of ash (think 1/2") at the house in Lebanon several days later.

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Old 05-20-2010, 10:39 AM   #51
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I was 17 and hanging out at Bellevue high school for some reason. When we first saw the cloud, we started to discuss why someone would drop an atom bomb on Kelso...
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:39 AM   #52
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It's that time of the year again. But it's 31 years ago, now.

I was just a kid playing foosball in Kahneeta when I heard about it on the radio.
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:11 AM   #53
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We had just moved to Sandpoint Idaho. We were at an air show at the tiny airport there. We could see a huge black cloud headed our way. PA announcer said something about not flying south or west due to a storm (or maybe he said volcano, it's been 31 years & I don't recall exactly ).

Headed home & probably watched the news about it. It was very surreal. We got a few inches of the stuff. Used to have a few jars of it but I haven't seen it in a long time. Probably got tossed in a move somewhere along the lines.
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:39 AM   #54
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My girlfriend:
Celebrating her birthday in her California hometown.

Happy birthday Fungirl!!
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Old 05-18-2011, 05:36 PM   #55
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At a poker run at the Thurston County ORV park near Olympia....So was my wife, but it was before we met. Tomorrow is our 21st anniversary (kinda hard to forget as long as Mt Saint Helens lore continues)
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Old 05-18-2011, 05:51 PM   #56
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I was on my way home from work, heard it on the radio. Really hard to believe its been 31 years.
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:37 PM   #57
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I was at my HS graduation in Nampa ID. Everyone was so concerned about the forthcoming ash cloud that they cut the speeches short and we got done fast so everyone could get home and be ready for the ash.

Never did get any ash at all. Well, not enough to tell it from the normal dust.
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Old 05-18-2011, 09:21 PM   #58
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Sounds stupid.
tg I've never met you two idiots or that would be funny

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Old 05-18-2011, 09:27 PM   #59
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I was too young to remember, but my folks say the blast woke us all up on Vancouver Island (Canada)
They still have a vial of ash somewhere...
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Old 05-18-2011, 10:25 PM   #60
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Was in Seattle when it blew, I-5 closed.
Had no idea of the scale & struck out for Portland; 5 opened long enough to get through.
The Toutle River had logs stuck everywhichway & jammed up against the bridge. Just kept truckin'....

Had ash in everything at home... gritty summer, no sun.
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