I’m a little late for this post, but I just couldn’t miss talking about our very own Washingtonian volcano: Mt St Helens. It’s been 28 years since it’s big blast on May 18, 1980. I was only 9 and a half years old when it blew, but I remember it very clearly. It was a very monolithic event in our community. No one had any inkling what to do to recover after such a thing. We were feet under in ash, and everything just stood still for at least 2 weeks. My own brother was burnt on his back from trying to collect some of the extremely acidic ash falling from the sky, early that first morning. It looked like everything was covered in a blanket of dirty gray snow! Finally, people started venturing out wearing big rubber boots, gloves, and air masks to start cleaning up the streets by hand. It was like a huge street party, all over town…everyone was shoveling ash into their wheel barrows to be taken to the edge of town. This ash became hills, that eventually grew grass, plants, and even trees, so that no one would know to look at it now, what is hiding underneath.
It’s good to see the regrowth in the time that has past. Click on the picture to see very many more pictures by the USGS/Cascades Volcano Observatory, Vancouver, Washington that show details of the explosions, and also great shots of how the mountain, and surrounding area is recovering. Even furry critters are feeling like they are welcomed back home. 🙂
PS: I’ll be posting a pattern by Sunday! My little Memorial Day weekend gifty to you. 🙂