My dad tells two stories from that time.
The first story ~ We lived in the country & the neighbors had goats. Ash covered everything, so my dad took the hose and washed it off the roof & plants near the house. The goats got out & ate all our rose bushes since they were the only things not covered in ash.
The second story ~ Ash covered the ground similar to snow. At my dad's job they closed off some of the entrances into the buildings so you could only enter through a select few. For months after the eruption you had to go through a cleaning process before you could go in to work.
|Mt. St. Helens prior to May 18, 1980|
|May 18, 1980|
The eruption of Mt. St. Helens
Particles from the ash made it around the world in 2 weeks.
|Above the clouds|
|Another pic from my mom when they visited in 1992.|
A view of Mt. St. Helens that I took when I worked in downtown Portland.
I got a chuckle out of this photo. It was taken on my very first digital camera at a size of 640x480 pixels.
What an amazing natural event to happen in our lifetime.