Ash from Mt. St. Helens eruption. Came across this photo when consolidating boxes. On May 18th 1980 I was at an outdoor environmental workshop with a friend and former classmates several hundred miles from Mt. St. Helens. We had been following the developments in the news so when we were sitting at breakfast and heard some loud explosions we joked "There goes Mt. St. Helens" really thinking that they were explosions from a quarry. We got in the car turned on the radio and sure enough it was Mt. St. Helens. Not really thinking of the consequences we decided to drive down to see what the ash cloud looked like. We should have turned back but we made it to Leavenworth and went over Steven's Pass, stopping often to shake out the air filter. This shot is actually from the second eruption on May 25th. I was at my brother's house in Montesano and was supposed to drive back to Seattle for school. Well, since it was raining, the ash came down as a slippery mud and I missed class and spent a few extra days in Montesano. Photo-a-Day 5/18/2011.
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