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This place in time, mt saint helens
« on: June 11, 2021, 06:03:22 AM »
What do you recall about mount saint helens? I found this great video off the US national archives channel, a YT channel loaded with great information on all trades, history, studies etc. 

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Re: This place in time, mt saint helens
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2021, 01:37:18 AM »
I remember well watching the volumes of ash exploding out of the mountain.  Living in the Portland area we got a good dusting, however the area East got buried.  For weeks people were cleaning roofs, gutters, and driving on two-track roads.  When someone was tailgating ya, all that was needed was to drive a couple of inches off the cleared tire tracks and throw up a cloud behind you. It was always enough to back folks off. 
 
For years we were still dealing with a layer of ash material in the gardens and still replacing gutters that were pulled away from houses by all the weight.

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« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2021, 05:57:25 AM »
I remember well watching the volumes of ash exploding out of the mountain.  Living in the Portland area we got a good dusting, however the area East got buried.  For weeks people were cleaning roofs, gutters, and driving on two-track roads.  When someone was tailgating ya, all that was needed was to drive a couple of inches off the cleared tire tracks and throw up a cloud behind you. It was always enough to back folks off.
 
For years we were still dealing with a layer of ash material in the gardens and still replacing gutters that were pulled away from houses by all the weight.
I was reading about people still digging gardens and finding the “ash layer”, I wonder how it affected farming and crops in the area? I imagine it was tough for them that year, surely a blanket of ash would kill the fields no?

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Re: This place in time, mt saint helens
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2021, 10:59:46 AM »
I visited the area around 1995.  The most striking thing to me at the time was that Weyerhaeuser had replanted its landholdings.  The National Monument remained untouched.  Standing at the visitor's center, it looked like one had snapped a chalk line between the two ownerships.  Lush green regeneration to still almost bare ground in the Monument Area.  Guess another trip is in order.  Need to fire up the Harley.   8)

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« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2021, 11:33:54 AM »
It was very fortunate the mountain blew to the northeast away from the built up areas, the devastation and loss of life would have been unimagineable. I was in Edmonton Alberta, came out to find a spotchy layer of gray dust on my pick up. It is really quite amazing to see how the area has recovered.
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Re: This place in time, mt saint helens
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2021, 02:05:45 PM »

My brother was in Spokane when it happened. One of his friends who had his car there, had to strip the inside panels 3 times to get most of the ash out. He still was finding it years later.
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« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2021, 05:00:12 PM »
PatD and I visited the area and the Visitor's Center in 1997.  It was very informative but still eerie. 
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« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2021, 09:16:28 PM »
I camped at fawn lake in 1990. The visitor center was under construction at the time. Also hiked up to the crater 1991. Would love to bring my kids there sometime. 


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