30 years Ago Today

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Rashnak, May 18, 2010.

  1. Rashnak

    Rashnak Lorem Ipsum

    Jun 16, 2008
    I was a kid in Colorado. The ash from Mt Saint Helens fell in a layer about 1/2inch thick.

    Where were you?
  2. Idahosam

    Idahosam Set Adrift

    May 23, 2006
    Back in the Saddle
    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:yikes :eek2
  3. Easy-Z

    Easy-Z Me wanna be

    Oct 30, 2007
    I was in diapers in Michigan. No recollection. :D
  4. Ladukebob

    Ladukebob Spaceark

    Feb 14, 2008
    Hood River, Or.
    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.
  5. earwig

    earwig Crowbar of Embrayage

    Apr 25, 2006
    I was in West Linn, Oregon watching a huge question mark shaped cloud reaching skyward. It was impressive!
  6. kdub

    kdub Been here awhile

    Nov 30, 2005
    central washington
    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.
  7. sirloynz

    sirloynz Puny Human

    Nov 20, 2006
    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!
  8. LowAndSilent

    LowAndSilent Still a newb

    Feb 27, 2009
    Lynnwood, WA
    I was -5 years old... :huh
  9. cdriver

    cdriver KATS JR

    Apr 10, 2006
    Port Orchard, WA
    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.
  10. wibby

    wibby BrotherFromAnotherMother

    Mar 20, 2005
    Grass Pants Orygun
    I lived in Burns

    We could see the ash cloud, but never got dusted
  11. Mista Vern

    Mista Vern Knows all - tells some.

    Dec 1, 2005
    McMinnville, Oregon
    In Wisconsin - all the ash in the atmosphere made for incredible red sunsets back there!
  12. J.W.Mudd

    J.W.Mudd "Moto Loco"

    Jul 12, 2006
    Pacific Northwest - Washington
    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:eek1

    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 :D :D

    So, thats where I was that day :wink:

    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

  13. LTCOliverNorth

    LTCOliverNorth Peeping Tom

    Jul 2, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    I was in kindergarden.

    (Awesome post jwmudd!)
  14. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

    Aug 26, 2007
    Mt Hood mud flow
    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.
  15. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

    Mar 18, 2007
    Begin Op Zoom
    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.
  16. ClineDesign

    ClineDesign Grandpa

    Jan 3, 2010
    On the Strait of Juan de Fuca
    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!
  17. Sedro Tom

    Sedro Tom No hurry, no worry

    Jul 9, 2008
    NW WA.
    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.:lurk :eek1
    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. :gerg
  18. enumclaw

    enumclaw I just....don't know

    Dec 3, 2008
    Outer fringes of the Puget Sound Region
    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.
  19. YnotJP?

    YnotJP? Long timer

    Dec 26, 2007
    Philippines and Seattle
    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.
  20. guns_equal_freedom

    guns_equal_freedom Long timer

    Jul 1, 2007
    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.