Friday, May 18, 2007

Anniversary

27 years ago to day this beauty blew her top! Here is a picture of Mt St Helens now... (taken off the WA Parks and Recreation website)
She still lets out a cloud of steam every once in a while. A couple years back we witnessed her blow off a big plume of ash... I have pictures somewhere of the plume that we saw from our house. Mt St Helens is directly east of us approximately 24 miles... Kinda scary when you think about it! We didn't live here 27 years ago. This town was nothing but a huge ball of ash. Even to this day we have ash over the ground. It makes really great soil for some of my plants--they grow like crazy! If you drive up Spirit Lake Highway to the mountain, you can still see the downed trees from the unbelievable mud flow that plowed through the rivers coming off the mountain. When she blew a couple of years ago it was quite amazing--all of the rivers turned up with ash floating in them--they were all very gray and ominous-looking. We didn't even attempt to fish in those rivers! There are tons of websites around about the mountain. Here are a few: Mt St Helens site 1, and Mt St Helens Site 2 ...

Today she is at an alert level of 2 (orange)--meaning she is still fairly active. Level 3 (red) means that she's gonna blow!
Here are more websites: This one has alot of the history... Here are some great pics! This one is about one of the local tourist attractions--the Ape Caves. Sounds funny LOL. But these are lava tubes. They are very cool---literally! We have gone to the ape caves several times. It is a cave under ground made by lava flows 1900 years ago! We went one time when it was over 100 degrees outside. You literally had to take your heavy coat with you. The caves are ice cold and are so interesting inside. What an experience!
I was 9 years old when the mountain blew. I lived 100 miles south of it and could still see the plume. I think you could even see it further than that. As a kid I was just fascinated by the volcano and scooped up as much ash as I could.. It was a hot item to have back then!

5 comments:

Linda SS said...

Beautiful photo, horrible memories! We lived in Moses Lake, WA (one of the hardest hit) at the time of the eruption. What a mess!!! It ruined our car, roof, lawn, garden, and quite possibly our lungs, since our family now has breathing problems and/or asthma. Thanks for sharing the photo, websites, and a walk down memory lane:)

cndymkr said...

Wow. I can't believe it was that long ago!

Carolyn S. said...

I moved to Seattle about two weeks after the eruption. I still remember the ash everywhere. My sister came to visit after the park was reopened and we went to the mountain and I was struck by the trees laying like matchsticks. All in one direction. The total devastation. Has it really been that long? I would love to see her again, but I have moved back to Florida now, and miss the beauty of Washington terribly.

Melissa said...

Hard to believe it was so long ago! I was just a child when it blew, but I still remember having to wear masks when we went outside to play!

scrappintrish said...

Wow, That is a beautiful picture. Thank you for the websites. I am definatly going to have to go and check them out.